'Wonder Woman' director Patty Jenkins reacts to no women being nominated for best director at the Oscars: 'I give up'
- Patty Jenkins criticized the Oscars after no women were nominated for best director.
- The "Wonder Woman" director said the membership of the voting body for the awards is "imbalanced."
The awards have been under fire over the last few years for the lack of diversity among the winners, with trends like #OscarsSoWhite trending across social media to highlight the issue. And Jenkins recently criticized the Oscars for not nominating any women in the best director category.
Speaking to Variety on Saturday ahead of the awards, Jenkins said, "I give up, I give up," over the Oscars, explaining that the membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which votes for the winners, is "hugely imbalanced."
She said: "I say that even with all of their push to have diversity. The numbers are just hugely imbalanced of who votes for these things. I sort of just stopped paying attention to it."
The "Monster" director recognized that the awards are more diverse than they have been before, but she thinks there's a "long way to go."
"It's still going to take a long ways to go. It's going to take a lot more to really see truly more diverse awards. I really appreciate the efforts that they're making but we have a long way to go."
The 95th Academy Awards was more diverse than previous years, as Hollywood is currently celebrating the wild success of A24's "Everything Everywhere All At Once."
Not only did it win best picture, but Michelle Yeoh was crowned best actress for her role as Evelyn Quan Wang, while Ke Huy Quan won supporting actor for playing her husband, Waymong Wang. Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinart also took home the award for best director and best original screenplay.
It's an incredible achievement for the film, and a sign that the Oscars are finally willing to recognize diverse talent more than in previous years.
But Jenkins' point still stands, given that all the best director nominees for 2022 were men, despite Charlotte Ritchie's "Aftersun" or Sarah Polley's "Women Talking" being nominated in other categories.
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