For the first time in the history of the Oscar Awards, not one but two women have been nominated in the ‘Best Director’ category, Emerald Fennell and Chloe Zhao, who is also the first woman of color to be nominated in this category.
Almost 100 years after its creation, this is the first time in the Academy’s history that more than one woman has been nominated in this category, and only five women have had the privilege of being included in this category, but this year Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell turned it all around.
Chinese director Zhao received her nomination for her film Nomadland. She also won the Golden Globes for ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Motion Picture’. Being nominated for an Oscar is a logical extension of her impressive achievements.
As for the English director Emerald Fennell, she is nominated through her film Promising Young Woman.
She also spoke about her nomination saying: “There’s no way of describing it without sounding immensely cheesy, but it means so much and I’m so proud. Chloé is such a devastatingly brilliant and talented person, and in fact, there were so many incredible female directors this year I want to meet in real life and hug, when we’re allowed”.
A very good performance for the two directors, who we hope will be rewarded at the ceremony on April 26.