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The Women Directed Films That Are Qualified for 85th Academy Awards

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by Melissa Silverstein
December 17, 2012 2:00 PM
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On Friday the Academy released the list of the 282 films that have qualified for best picture.  Animated, Documentaries and Foreign language films are also eligible for best picture if they meet the qualifications.

The Academy does not count the women directed films eligible so we did.  They are 39.   Of those 39 - 5 are foreign; 2 are animated and 5 are docs.

Historically, a doc, an animated or a foreign language film must be beyond extraordinary to get a best picture nomination.  So then eliminating those films there are 27 left.  I dream that Lynn Shelton and or Ava DuVernay could get a screenplay nomination.  But when it comes to best picture, we all know the reality, there will be one left standing - Zero Dark Thirty.  And that's one more than the zero that were nominated last year.

Already Famous - Michelle Chong (foreign)
Bachlorette - Leslye Headland
Brave - co-directed by Brenda Chapman (animated)
Brooklyn Castle - Katie Dellamaggiore (doc)
Chicken with Plums - Marjane Satrapi (foreign)
Cloud Atlas - Lana Wachowski
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel - Lisa Immordino Vreeland (doc)
Ethel - Rory Kennedy (doc)
For the Love of the Money - Ellie Kanner
Francine- co-directed by Melanie Shatzky
Friends with Kids - Jessica Westfeldt
Ginger & Rosa - Sally Potter
Girl in Progress - Patricia Riggen
The Guilt Trip - Anne Fletcher
Hysteria- Tanya Wexler
Katy Perry: Part of Me - co-directed by Jane Lipsitz
Last Call at the Oasis - Jessica Yu (doc)
The Loneliest Planet - Julia Loktev
Losing Control - Valerie Weiss
Middle of Nowhere - Ava DuVernay
Mighty Fine - Debbie Goodstein
Nobody Walks - Ry Russo Young
One for the Money - Julie Anne Robinson
Return - Liza Johnson
Ruby Sparks- co-directed by Valerie Faris
Saving Grace B. Jones - Connie Stevens
Secrets of the Wing - co-directed by Peggy Holmes (animated)
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - Lorene Scafaria
17 Girls -  Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin (foreign)
Sister - Ursula Meier (foreign)
Take This Waltz - Sarah Polley
Thin Ice - Jill Sprecher
30 Beats- Alexis Lloyd
2 Days in NY - Julie Delpy
Union Square - Nancy Savoca
West of Memphis - Amy Berg (doc)
Where Do We Go Now? - Nadine Labaki (foreign)
Your Sister's Sister - Lynn Shelton
Zero Dark Thirty - Kathryn Bigelow

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3 Comments

  • Lama | December 27, 2012 1:42 PMReply

    Do you think that there are more foreign films by women these days also? I'd be curious in seeing a list over the past few years whether the numbers have been going up. Nadine Labaki is a great example of an excellent foreign director.

  • Rachel Fox | December 18, 2012 8:49 PMReply

    Kristina Buozyte's VANISHING WAVES ("Aurora") is one of the best films of the year. Period. You'll never hear of it. You'll never see it. And that's a damn shame.

  • Martha P. Nochimson | December 18, 2012 9:19 AMReply

    And, as is likely, once again the only woman considered worthy will have directed a film full of violence and featuring a woman considered strong because she is involved in the kinds of activities that make men feel like they are real men. OK, one is more than zero, but, if the nominations turn out as they are likely to, we still have an industry that cannot recognize the brilliance of a film about emotions, family, love, and courage, like Ginger and Rosa, despite its glorious cinematography and direction. I saw Ginger and Rosa while I was covering the New York Film Festival this year, and the divide between those who understood its excellence and those who gave it a few points, or less, was almost fully along gender lines. I find it hard to see very much progress here at all.

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