It is particularly remarkable that the BAFTAs ‘Best Director’ category is dominated by female filmmakers: at least 4 of the six nominees are women. This has never happened before. In fact, a female filmmaker has been nominated for a BAFTA Award for “Best Director” since 2012. Catherine Bigelow She was the only nominee that year, and Bigelow is also the last woman (and the only woman in history) to win a BAFTA Award as a director. It was 2009 for the “Abuse Cabinet”.
Along with Thomas Winterberg (“Another Tour”) and Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”): These are the “Best Director” contenders: Shannon Murphy (“Babyteeth”), Jasmila Upanich (“Qua vadis, Aida?”), Sarah Gavron (“Rocks”) and Chloe Chow, who has already won the Golden Globe Award for Best Direction for “Nomadland”. The two films with the most nominations this year are produced by a female director: both ‘Bedouin land’ Such as Rocks Chance to win 7 for BAFTA.
And it is no coincidence that more women have been nominated. The BAFTAs have selected six candidates instead of five in the “Best Trend” category for the first time. A total of 226 directors had the opportunity to be nominated. The six nominees were chosen from a long list of 10 filmmakers and 10 women.