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Awards Season: Despite national snubs, women are winning in city critics groups

Several critics groups in major U.S. cities are honoring the work of female filmmakers in the lead-up to the Academy Awards in February.

Most critics groups announce nominees and winners in December, before nationally-broadcast ceremonies in January: the Golden Globe Awards Jan. 5 and the Critics Choice Awards Jan.read more.

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Golden Globe nominations a ‘yearly reminder’ of problematic HFPA

The Golden Globes have been problematic for a number of years, and every year there’s a reminder that these awards are maybe not what they seem.

While groups like the Critics Choice Association nominated women for Best Director and in both screenplay categories, the same cannot be said of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. … read more.

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National Film Registry selects films by women for preservation

The Library of Congress National Film Registry announced Wednesday the 25 films selected for historic preservation this year. Movies like Amadeus, Clerks, Old Yeller and Purple Rain were chosen from 5,200 entries because of their “cultural, historic and aesthetic importance.”

A record 28 percent of films on the list are directed by women – seven of the 25 selections, including Kimberly Peirce’s groundbreaking feature Boys Don’t Cry (1999) and Patricia Cardoso’s Real Women Have Curves (2002).  read more.

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Women directors shut out of Golden Globes for fifth consecutive year

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominations for the 77th Golden Globe Awards early Dec. 9. No women are nominated for Best Director or Best Screenplay, despite buzz surrounding films like A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, The Farewell, Hustlers and Little Women. 

All four films were recognized with acting nods for Tom Hanks, Awkwafina, Jennifer Lopez and Saoirse Ronan.read more.

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Why we need Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’

Late in the story of Louisa May Alcott’s March sisters, first published in 1868, old friends Theodore Laurence and Josephine March are reunited after being separated by years and continents.

“‘How good it sounds to hear you call me Teddy,’” Alcott writes. “‘No one ever calls me that but you,’” and Laurie sat down with an air of great contentment.”read more.

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DuVernay, Dern honored at Gotham Awards

The 29th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards were held Dec. 2, featuring a myriad of female winners. This kickoff to awards season featured not only tributes to legendary women in film Ava DuVernay and Laura Dern, but a number of awards for female filmmakers for their outstanding achievement in 2019.

The Mustang director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre was named winner of the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award.read more.

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