Face-Off: Multiple Female Directed Best Picture Contenders

by penchofifteenpolls | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

In 2021 two films directed by women, Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman (2020) and Chloé Zhao's Nomadland (2020) are in contention for the Best Picture Oscar.

This is just the third year in history with more than one film directed by a woman in the race for the award.

Which year with multiple Best Picture contenders directed by women had the strongest lineup?

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1. Promising Young Woman (2020)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.

Director: Emerald Fennell | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown

Votes: 93,322

2. Winter's Bone (2010)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery

90 Metascore

An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

Director: Debra Granik | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt, Isaiah Stone

Votes: 137,236 | Gross: $6.53M

3. The Hurt Locker (2008)

R | 131 min | Drama, Thriller, War

95 Metascore

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce

Votes: 427,286 | Gross: $17.02M

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