This is a question I saw floating around Twitter a few days ago. It seems that some of the Twitter SJW crowd has a real problem with the fact that the films nominated for Best Director all share the fact that they are directed by men, and want to see women getting the nod. For starters, who even cares what wins these stupid awards? I have never understood why people care about film awards. The Oscars are a stupid waste of time, and it’s all just the entertainment industry sucking its own dick. My favorite film of 2016 was barely recognized – Arrival. Some truly amazing works of cinematic art get snubbed for awards because there was some musical or some historical piece film that the studio eats up. It’s asinine.
But then I got to thinking about the question at hand. Why don’t more women directors win awards? It’s simple – because as in the case of this year, the best films were made by men. I have no problem with great films made by women. The Hurt Locker deserved the accolades it received. Sofia Coppola can’t act for shit, but Lost in Translation is an amazing film where an amazing actress and a veteran actor get to show off their stuff like never before. There is no reason to believe that women cannot make films that are just as amazing as what men direct. However, the films that I love recently have been directed by men. I’m sorry, but it’s true. The truly stand-out directors lately have been men willing to take the medium and push boundaries. They are making transformative works.
Directors like Dennis Villenueve, who directed my favorite film of last year, and this year with the outstanding sequel to Blade Runner. He took the Hollywood sequel machine and turned it on its head with one of the greatest sequels of all time, that I will be doing a very in-depth review on when I get it on blu-ray and can sit down and really digest it. Christopher Nolan is a director who I am convinced had his family killed by a computer because of how hard he goes out of his way not to put CG in his films. Dunkirk was phenomenal. Another film where I am going to write about it as soon as I can sit down with it and really digest it as a film. Edgar Wright made a film about a driver that was a dark action film featuring amazing performances and everything in the film being synced to the soundtrack. That is amazing! Masterful editing! I am of course talking about Baby Driver. Call his works pretentious, but Wes Anderson is finally getting mainstream recognition for his quirky comedies that bring back some old-school methods of filmmaking.
You know what all those directors have in common? Pushing boundaries. All of them take the medium and make it into something more. I firmly believe that women can do the exact same thing. No joke there, I believe it from the bottom of my little black atheist heart. There is no reason to think otherwise. So why aren’t we seeing more female directors getting a nod? Well, that’s because this year I am reading about amazing films that I have loved, and I don’t see any women on the directorial stage for any of them. Women can do amazing things. Sometimes all it takes is the guts to be willing to do something insane when no one else wants you to. Or to be given something that no one believes will work and doing something different with it that if nothing else gets people to take a second look. Or maybe it’s taking a dry genre and injecting new life into it with a unique spin that takes everyone by surprise.
I remember back when the first Twilight film was being made and how everyone was saying it was a paradigm shift because it was being directed by a woman. Women power! Only that’s not how it turned out, was it? It was a boring, vanilla, bland piece of shit that only lonely teenage girls without a personality could like. I hear they’re planning to reboot the films. WHY?! Whose idea was that, and can I have their number so I can ask?
These people who are on Twitter yelling about not enough women winning awards are not the ones who are doing anything to change it. One of my favorite films is Monsters. It’s about two people trying to get back through Mexico after an alien invasion. It’s a quiet, slow-burn film. You know how it was made? The director decided he wanted to make a film without a huge budget and took insane risks with what he called “guerrilla filmmaking.” It’s when you only have the equipment you need. You shoot in real time and then have a single day to edit it. You’re constantly on the move. The result was a masterful film with a beautiful story. Hey women on Twitter, what’s stopping you from doing that?
Making amazing films comes down to guts and the willingness to do whatever it takes to make your vision come to life and the talent to make that vision good. It’s not easy. Ask anyone who has been through the process and they’ll tell you that it takes grit and determination and a shit-ton of effort from very talented people. In modern blockbusters that means people who can make CG come to life. Ladies, if you want more women to do that, then you tell me – what are the films they’ve made recently that can measure up? If there are any women who are taking those risks, let them be recognized here. I mean that, tell me who they are and show me their work. Let’s see who these pioneers are. But don’t say that it should just be women being given awards because they have a vagina.
Until next time, a quote,
“When people ask me if I went to film school, I tell them ‘no, I went to films.'” – Quentin Tarantino