Special Report

All the Oscar Best Picture Nominees Directed by Women

Source: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
> Director: Valerie Faris (and Jonathan Dayton)
> Nominated for Best Director: No
> Cast: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear
> Genre: Comedy, drama

“Little Miss Sunshine” follows a dysfunctional family who goes on a cross-country trip in order to get their young daughter, played by Abigail Breslin, into the finals of a beauty pageant. The movie was nominated for four Oscars, winning two — Alan Arkin for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Michael Arndt for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.

Source: Courtesy of Summit Entertainment

The Hurt Locker (2009)
> Director: Kathryn Bigelow
> Nominated for Best Director: Yes
> Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty
> Genre: Drama, war

Kathryn Bigelow made history at the Oscars in 2010. Her low-budget, apolitical Iraq war film “The Hurt Locker” won a total of six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Bigelow is the first woman — and so far the only one — to win the Best Director award at the Oscars. The movie follows three American soldiers, members of a bomb-disposal unit in Baghdad, who are at the end of their tours.

Source: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

An Education (2009)
> Director: Lone Scherfig
> Nominated for Best Director: No
> Cast: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina
> Genre: Drama

Bigelow was the only woman nominated for Best Director at the 2010 Oscars, though her movie was not the only one directed by a woman nominated for Best Picture. “An Education,” directed by Lone Scherfig, is the coming-of-age story of a rich teenage girl (Carey Mulligan) in the 1960s who meets a playboy (Peter Sarsgaard) nearly twice her age. Scherfig was nominated for a BAFTA in the Best Director category for the movie.

Source: Courtesy of Focus Features

The Kids Are All Right (2010)
> Director: Lisa Cholodenko
> Nominated for Best Director: No
> Cast: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo
> Genre: Comedy, drama

“The Kids Are All Right” follows a same-sex couple (Julianne Moore and Annette Bening) whose two children find their biological father (Mark Ruffalo). The women’s relationship is tested when the teens bond with their father. The movie was nominated for four Oscars, including for best actress and best supporting actor. Cholodenko was nominated for Best Director and for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.

Source: Courtesy of Roadside Attractions

Winter’s Bone (2010)
> Director: Debra Granik
> Nominated for Best Director: No
> Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt
> Genre: Drama, mystery

“Winter’s Bone” follows Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence), who single-handedly raises her younger sister and brother, while searching for her drug-dealing father. The movie did not win any Oscars, but it was nominated for four. Debra Granik, who directed the film, was not nominated for Best Director but shared a nomination for best writing with Anne Rossellini.

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