Patty Jenkins is blunt about the Academy excluding women from this year’s Best Director nominations.
The Wonderwoman director, 51, shared her thoughts on the subject with Variety on Saturday at Charles Finch and Chanel’s pre-Oscars dinner at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.
“I give up, I give up,” she told the outlet of no woman being nominated for Best Director. “I say that even with all their push to have diversity. The numbers are just wildly unbalanced of who votes for these things. I just stopped paying attention.”
Clay Enos/Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot on the set of Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
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“It will have a long way to go,” Jenkins added. “It takes a lot more to really see more diverse awards. I really appreciate the effort they’re putting in, but we still have a long way to go.”
Female directors excluded from the category whose films have been nominated in other categories include Charlotte Wells (After sun) and Sarah Polley (Women talk). Gina Prince Bythewoods The Queen of WomenChinonye Chukwus Until and that of Maria Schrader She said were also not recognized.
“This awards season has been an eye-opener,” said Prince-Bythewood The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday in a piece exploring her reaction to the nominations, including Woman king star Viola Davis opted out of the Best Actress conversation.
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Despite The Queen of WomenDue to the Academy’s lack of recognition, Prince-Bythewood claimed that her film was a success, citing the positive reviews from critics and audiences, as well as “groundbreaking and historic” global box-office figures showing the film will gross $100 million to deserve .
“But the Academy has made a very loud statement, and if I remain silent, I will accept that statement,” she said THR. “So I agreed to speak out on behalf of black women whose work has been rejected in the past, are now being fired, such as Alice Diop and Saint Omer, Chinonye Chukwu and Until – and for those who haven’t even stepped on a set yet.”
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Prince-Bythewood explained to the trade that she doesn’t think it’s fair to say The Queen of Women was “disapproved” for being completely banned from the upcoming awards show, even after it had “reached all the so-called marks” of an Oscar-nominated film.
“It’s a reflection of where the Academy stands and the consistent gap between black excellence and recognition,” she said. “And unfortunately this isn’t just a problem in Hollywood, but in every industry.”
Meanwhile, Jenkins was at the helm Rogue Squadron, a spin-off story about the franchise’s Rebel Alliance Starfighters. It was originally slated for a December 2023 release from Disney, but was pulled from the schedule in September, Variety reported last week. A source told the outlet Rogue Squadron is no longer under development.