Newswire: The Directors Guild nominates exactly one woman for a feature film award

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Considering the recent push towards diversity in filmmaking, one would think that perhaps the Directors Guild of America would be interested in taking steps towards better representing an under-represented group that also happens to make up half of humankind. We speak, of course, of women, who have made some marginal gains in the realm of TV directing in the past few years but whose numbers are actually declining in the feature-film directing categories. Why, just today Variety cited a report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film saying that a mere 7 percent of the 250 top-grossing films of 2016 were directed by women, down two percentage points from the year before.

By that metric, then, today’s Directors Guild of America nominations are downright progressive. Out of the 10 people nominated in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film and Outstanding Directorial Achievement of ...