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'Honey Boy' Director Slams HFPA President's Response To Female Directors Once Again Getting Shut Out By The Golden Globes

'Honey Boy' Director Slams HFPA President's Response To Female Directors Once Again Getting Shut Out By The Golden Globes
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The 77th annual Golden Globes nominations were announced on Monday.

But despite favorable buzz and box office success, female directors were once again snubbed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Administration.

Male directors dominated the category for best director, including Bong Joon Ho ( Parasite), Sam Mendes (1917), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) and Todd Phillips (Joker).

Female screenwriters were also shut out and artists of color in all categories were few and far between.

On social media, Honey Boy director Alma Har'el – whom many film-goers and critics alike expected to earn a nomination – called out her disappointment, tweeting:

"do not look for justice in the awards system."

However, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Lorenzo Soria defended the list of nominations in the category.

According to Variety, Soria insisted that the nominations are determined by non-gender based criteria.

"What happened is that we don't vote by gender. We vote by film and accomplishment."

His statement got rephrased on Twitter.

Har'el among many others called B.S.

The director – who is previously known for earning the top prize at 2011's Tribeca Film Festival for her documentary, Bombay Beach – responded to Soria's statement with this now-deleted tweet.

"Oh please... If you only saw how these people get pampered with gifts, private concerts and events over 4 months.
"They vote by comfort and star f*****g."
"They don't care about women or new voices. Period."

Globes exec Barry Adelman, mitigated the controversy by explaining:

"Every year, somebody gets left out."
"There's so much talent going on, maybe we need to expand the categories so more people can be part of it. I also think that if you look at some of the other things…a lot of the big television shows are created by women, so I think across the board there is a good representation."
"Maybe in a couple of those categories, we wish it could be a little different. Who knows what will happen next year."

Har'el devised her own list of worthy, fellow female contenders and encouraged others to support women who are consistently invisible in the industry.

Huffington Post noted that In addition to Har'el, other female directors like Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), and Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood), failed to get a mention despite their films being recognized in other categories.

Many believe the most surprising omission was Greta Gerwig for her direction of the critically-acclaimed, star-studded adaptation of Little Women.

For television, Ava DuVernay's powerful Netflix mini-series When They See Us was also absent as a contender despite receiving eleven Primetime Emmy nominations, including one for Outstanding Limited Series.

DuVernay became a part of a small group of women – precisely five – to be recognized for a Golden Globe in its 77-year-history after getting nominated for 2014's Selma.

In 1984, Barbara Streisand became the first female director to be nominated and win a Golden Globe for Yentl, paving the way for Jane Campion (The Piano), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) and Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty) to earn nominations.

What needs to change?

Perhaps it's time to widen the field by increasing the number of women and POC in the HFPA roster of voters.