By Jenni Wolfson

Women and nonbinary filmmakers still face considerable obstacles for when attempting to break the glass ceiling of storytelling on the big screen.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 12: Director Gina Prince-Bythewood speaks during Q&A session at the Tribute Screening of “The Woman King” at CGV San Francisco 14 on October 12, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Miikka Skaffari/Getty Images)

The Oscars failed to nominate any women for directing this year, following two consecutive years of women winning the category.

Not for the first time, this weekend’s Oscar awards have generated headlines about the lack of diversity among nominees—notably, this year, no women were nominated for Best Director. It’s not a new problem—in fact, in the Academy’s 94-year history, it’s nominated just seven women in the category. Women telling nonfiction stories in the Best Documentary category fared better—historically, that has often been the case—but whether the stories told are fiction or nonfiction, there continue to be considerable obstacles for women and nonbinary filmmakers when attempting to break the glass ceiling of storytelling on the big screen…

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