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Decisive female directors in the United States

Decisive female directors in the United States

Over the last decade, women have been slowly conquering the film industry. Female directors have made up a good percentage of the top films in 2020.

Some of the most famous movies in 2020 include “Black Widow”, directed by Cate Shortland, “Wonder Woman 1984”, directed by Patty Jenkin, “The Old Guard”, directed by Gina Prince-Blythewood, and “Mulan”, directed by Niki Caro. There are also other female directors taking the industry by a storm, here are the details below.

Chloe Zhao is a leading director, screenwriter, and producer. Chloe Zhao’s first film “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” premiered in 2015. The film did well, and it has received the independent spirit award nomination for the best first feature.

In 2017 Chloe Zhao wrote, directed, and produced “The Rider”. “The Rider” is one of Chloe’s most celebrated films. The film won the Art Cinema Award in 2017. It also got her nominated for best director and best feature at the 33rd Independent Spirit Award. The film was also honored by the National Society of Film Critics as the best film of 2018.

Chloe Zhao, female directors

Chloe Zhao is the first woman to win the Bonnie Award, which recognizes innovative vision and breakthrough works of female directors. Chloe Zhao’s most recent achievement was winning the 78th annual Golden Globe Award. She won the best director award, setting history as the first Asian woman to obtain this trophy and the 2nd woman to win it in the world. Zhao was nominated for the award after directing the film “Nomadland”, which premiered in 2020.

Another woman doing wonders in the film industry is Kathryn Bigelow. Kathryn Bigelow became an influential female director in 2010 after becoming the first female director to win an Academy Award. Kathryn was the best female director in 2010. She was nominated for the “The Hurt Locker”, about an American bomb squad that disables explosives in Iraq in 2004.

Kathryn Bigelow, female directors

Kathryn Ann Bigelow not just an American film director, producer, but also a famous screenwriter. Covering a wide range of genres, her films include “Near Dark” (1987), “Point Break” (1991), “Strange Days” (1995), “K-19: The Widowmaker” (2002), “The Hurt Locker” (2008), “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012), and “Detroit” (2017).

Sources: History, AARP, CNBC, NYU Tisch

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