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

Women and Hollywood By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood December 17, 2012 at 2:00PM

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.
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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

Full list of films eligibile for best picture

This article is related to: Women Directors, Academy Awards


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