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Top 10 times the Oscars didn't nominate women

There have been plenty of occasions when women have deserved an Oscar nomination, but for some reason the academy have ignored them time and time again. Therefore, let's do what the academy didn't: give some talented film makers the attention they deserve.
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    1Ava DuVernay (Best Director, Selma)
    Did Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher) and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) really deserve a nomination more than DuVernay? Hell no!

  • 2Kathryn Bigelow (Best Director, Zero Dark Thirty)
    Seriously? Did the academy snub her because they where afraid of giving a woman a chance to win two best director Oscars, or something?

  • 3Lisa Cholodenko (Best Director, The Kids Are All Right)
    Yes, it competed during a hard year, but would anyone really complain if Cholodenko had been nominated instead of David O. Russell for The Fighter?

  • 4Sarah Polley (Best Director, Away from Her)
    Did Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) or Jason Reitman (Juno) really deserve a nomination more than Polley? Juno maybe, but Michael Clayton... does anyone even remember it?

  • 5Maya Deren (Best Live Action Short Film, her entire filmography, especially Meshes of the afternoon)
    She challenged and changed the norms of American filmmaking during her lifetime.

  • 6Forough Farrokhzad (Best Live Action Short Film, The House Is Black)
    The movie that paved the way for the iranian new wave. Not a small achievement.

  • 7Chantal Akerman (Best Foreign Language Film, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles)
    Chantal Akerman's masterpiece.

  • 8Agnes Varda (Best Foreign Language Film, Cleo from 5 to 7)
    Probably the best movie of the french new wave that nobody talks about.

  • 9Haifaa al-Mansour (Best Foreign Language Film, Wadjda)
    Saudi Arabias first submission for the Oscars ever, and the film was directed by the country's first female filmmaker. That's an achievement. However, it didn't get the nomination.

  • 10Larisa Shepitko (Best Foreign Language Film, The Ascent)
    It won the Golden Bear for F**ks sake, an award also given to: 12 Angry Men, Alphaville, Wild Strawberries, Spirited Away and Rain Man. And yet, the academy didn't nominate it.

  • 11Clio Barnard (Best Documentary, The Arbor)
    Probably one of the most creative documentaries ever.

  • 12Kelly Reichardt (never gotten nominated for anything, not even best screenplay)
    Reichardt is one of the most underrated indie directors of our time. However, the academy have never paid attention to her, not even once.

  • 13Jane Campion (Best Director, Bright Star)
    Not as good as The Piano, of course, but it was definitely better than Avatar and Precious.

  • 14Susanne Bier (Best Foreign Language Film, Elsker dig for evigt) Make Your Case
  • 15Susanne Bier (Best Foreign Language Film, Brothers) Make Your Case
  • 16Shirley Clarke (Best Documentary, The cool world)
    One of the most groundbreaking documentaries ever!

  • 17Shirley Clarke (Best Documentary, Portrait of Jason)
    One of the most groundbreaking documentaries ever!

  • 18Kelly Fremon Craig (Best Original Screenplay, The Edge of Seventeen ) Make Your Case
  • 19Kathryn Bigelow (Best Picture, Detroit)
    The academy can nominate 10 movies for best picture. This year they nominated 9. If The Post and Darkest Hour got nominated, why not Detroit? It was probably the most socially relevant movie of 2017.

  • 20Celine Sciamma (Best Foreign Language Film, Tomboy) Make Your Case
  • 21Celine Sciamma (Best Foreign Language Film, Girlhood) Make Your Case
  • 22Claire Denis (Best Foreign Language Film, Beau Travail) Make Your Case
  • 23Claire Denis (Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film, 35 Shots of Rum) Make Your Case
  • 24Claire Denis (Best Foreign Language Film, White Material) Make Your Case
  • 25Clio Barnard (Best Adapted Screenplay, The Selfish Giant) Make Your Case
  • 26Julia Ducournau (Best Foreign Language Film, Raw) Make Your Case
  • 27Jennifer Kent (Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, The Babadook) Make Your Case
  • 28Agnes Varda (Best Foreign Language Film, Vagabond) Make Your Case
  • 29Ronit Elkabetz (Best Foreign Language Film, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem) Make Your Case
  • 30Lone Scherfig (Best Director, An Education) Make Your Case
  • 31Kira Muratova (Best Foreign Language Film, The Asthenic Syndrome) Make Your Case
  • 32Mia Hansen-Love (Best Foreign Language Film, Things to Come) Make Your Case
  • 33Julie Bertuccelli (Best Foreign Language Film, Since Otar Left) Make Your Case
  • 34Maren Ade (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Toni Erdmann)
    ...(I loved La La Land, but best screenplay was probably its least deserving nomination).
    I know, it's a german film, so the chances of it being nominated in these categories were small to begin with, but let me dream. It deserved a best director nomination more than Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge, Best Picture more than Lion and Best Screenplay more than La La Land (I loved La La Land, but best screenplay was probably its least deserving

  • 35Lake Bell (Best Original Screenplay, In a World...)
    Does no member of the academy ever visit Sundance? Because Lake Bell won Best Screenplay when she competed at the Sundance Film Festival with In a World...

  • 36Elaine May (Best Director, The Heartbreak Kid (1972)) Make Your Case
  • 37Elaine May (Best Original Screenplay, A New Leaf) Make Your Case
  • 38Agnieszka Holland (Best Foreign Language Film, Europa Europa) Make Your Case
  • 39Lynne Ramsay (Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Ratcatcher) Make Your Case
  • 40Agnes Varda (Best Documentary, The Beaches of Agns) Make Your Case
  • 41Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Best Documentary, Blackfish) Make Your Case
  • 42Kim Longinotto (Best Documentary, Dreamcatcher) Make Your Case
  • 43Agnes Varda (Best Documentary, The Gleaners and I) Make Your Case
  • 44Jehane Noujaim (Best Documentary, Startup.com) Make Your Case
  • 45Amy J. Berg (Best Documentary, West of Memphis) Make Your Case
  • 46Sarah Polley (Best Documentary, Stories We Tell) Make Your Case
  • 47Charlotte Zwerin (with Albert and David Maysles) (Best Documentary, Gimme Shelter) Make Your Case
  • 48Jennie Livingston (Best Documentary, Paris Is Burning) Make Your Case
  • 49Laurie Anderson (Best Documentary, Heart of a Dog) Make Your Case
  • 50Anne Fontaine (Best Foreign Language Film, The Innocents) Make Your Case
  • 51Julie Dash (Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Daughters of the Dust) Make Your Case
  • 52Vera Chytilova (Best Foreign Language Film, Daisies) Make Your Case
  • 53Nicole Holofcener (Best Original Screenplay, Enough Said) Make Your Case
  • 54Marleen Gorris (Best Foreign Language Film, De stilte rond Christine M.) Make Your Case
  • 55Andrea Arnold (Best Original Screenplay, Fish Tank) Make Your Case
  • 56Penny Marshall (Best Director, Big) Make Your Case
  • 57Mai Zetterling (Best Foreign Language Film, Loving Couples)
    Listed as one of the best Swedish movies ever... enough said.

  • 58Mai Zetterling (Best Foreign Language Film, The Girls)
    Listed as one of the best Swedish movies ever... enough said.

  • 59Dee Rees (Best Original Screenplay, Pariah) Make Your Case
  • 60Marielle Heller (Best Adapted Screenplay, The Diary of a Teenage Girl) Make Your Case
  • 61Agnes Jaoui (Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay, Look at Me)
    It won the Best Screenplay award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

  • 62Ursula Meier (Best Foreign Language Film, Sister)
    Sister was not nominated but Kon-Tiki was. To quote the angry video game nerd: what were they thinking!

  • 63Joan Chen (Best Foreign Language Film, Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl) Make Your Case
  • 64Anna Biller (Best Original Screenplay, The Love Witch)
    In a New York Times editorial, A. O. Scott mentioned Anna Biller as worthy of receiving an Academy Award for best original screenplay for The Love Witch.

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