Despite several critically-acclaimed movies directed by women in 2018, there was a decided dearth of female directors among the nominations for the 91st annual Academy Awards on Tuesday – a fact that Wonder Woman 1984 and I Am the Night director Patty Jenkins did not want to let go unnoticed.
Asked about this oversight, Jenkins told Vulture that, while she feels the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is attempting to become more diverse, the voters are still, by and large, older men who nominate other older men.
"I’ll tell you this," Jenkins said. "The Academy is working on this, but the real issue to me is that at the end of the day, no matter what movie you make and no matter how much money it makes, and no matter how diverse the audience is, the voting academy is still very, very limited. Still.”
The director further explained that the road to correcting the gender imbalance is a steep one – the people nominating new directors are the ones who have already been successful as directors themselves, which, up until recently, has been a very homogeneous field.
“As hard as the Academy is working on it, the vast majority of voters, particularly for director, are people who have been successful as directors," she said. "So who is that? That’s where this pool [of nominees] is coming from. All of these votes are being made by the same people.”
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot as Diana, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva/Cheetah, Pedro Pascal and Natasha Rothwell. The film opens on June 5, 2020.
TNT’s I Am the Night, a noir miniseries revisiting the Black Dahlia murders, directed by Jenkins and starring Chris Pine and India Eisley, premieres Monday, January 28.