Alterna-Oscars: Vote for Women Directors!

When you’re marking your Oscar ballot tomorrow night and hoping that you win the betting pool, note once again that there are NO women directors on it. Not just Kathryn Bigelow (ZeroDarkThirty) is missing (despite her film being nominated for Best Picture), but so are a number of other fine women who have helmed terrific movies in the past year.

In fact, as Women and Hollywood founder and editor Melissa Silverstein points out, in 85 years there have only been four women nominated as best director and only one (Bigelow) won.

So for the second year in a row, Silverstein has put together a video of clips from films made by women directors, titled, “To the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Please Consider These Women (Among Others) Not Nominated This Year.” Here it is:

Maybe somewhere between the red carpet festivities and Adele singing “Skyfall” you can share this video with Oscar-watching friends and make a list of some women-directed films to Netflix in the coming months! Or hold your own alterna-vote for Best Director that only includes women nominees!

P.S. Which of the films in the video have you already seen and can particularly recommend?

Photo of Aurora Guerrero, director of this year’s lauded indie film Mosquita y Mari



The late Michele Kort—a dedicated feminist—was the senior editor of Ms. magazine for 13 years. She died June 26, 2015, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She worked for decades in field of journalism, covering sports, music, culture, art and feminist issues for publications like LA Weekly, The Advocate, Shape, Redbook, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Songwriter, InStyle, Living Fit, Fit Pregnancy, Vegetarian Times, Fitness, UCLA Magazine, Women's Sports and Fitness and more. She is the author of four books, including a biography of singer/songwriter Laura Nyro, Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro. Rest in power, Michele.