Here's an undisputed fact: The studio and independent system is white-male dominated, all of this hoopla that a bunch of black and female filmmakers deserve their fair share of 2018 awards is quite simply overreaching and a form of virtue signaling on the part of film critics. The odds are heavily stacked for white male directors making the best films of the year.
Rome wasn't built in a day. It'll take time for the industry to catch up to inclusive filmmaking, despite all that, yeah, count me as disappointed that Debra Granik, Jennifer Fox and Lynne Ramsay aren't part of the current awards chatter, they made great films this past year.
Filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson, tweeted his disappointment for Debra Granik and Lynne Ramsay not being recognized for their works by the DGA yesterday when they announced five males nominated for their director prize.
Julia Hart, director of “Miss Stevens” and “Fast Color” tweeted “We need more women and men and women of color in the DGA,” adding, "financiers and studios this starts with you.”
Film critic April Wolfe challenged DGA members, “Do me a favor and watch at least one movie directed by a woman this week, and then maybe come back here and tell me what it was, thanks,” she wrote on Twitter.
“It’s depressing to see no female nominees in either of the DGA’s two narrative feature categories,” wrote Variety film critic Guy Lodge. “You’d hope the Best First Feature category, in particular, would offer more balance."