Hollywood's feminism wave: Female directors with excellent works
GRETA GERWIG – LADY BIRD (2018)
As the fifth woman in the history of Oscars nominated for Best Director, Greta Gerwig made her name famous worldwide with the Lady Bird, released in 2017. She is one of the best representatives for this young generation of female directors, as well as for the rising fire of feminism wave. Greta Gerwig has been acting for a long time and this is the first time she tries as a director, and yet she still gains a remarkable success.
SAM TAYLOR – 50 SHADES OF GREY (2015)
As the director of 50 Shades of Grey, Sam Taylor has grossed $ 500 million worldwide since the film's premiere. After Kungfu Panda 2 and Mamma Mia!, this is the third high-grossing movie directed by a female filmmaker. Before starting making films, Sam Taylor was a talented British art student.
ANGELINA JOLIE – UNBROKEN (2014)
Known as one of the first feminists, Angelina Jolie is the feminist leader in the entertainment industry. She became one of the most prominent female filmmakers in Hollywood today with the success of biopic Unbroken. Since taking on the role of director with debut film In the Land of Blood & Honey in 2010, this powerful woman has less appeared in front of the camera. In addition, Jolie was also honored for her films about history and global issues such as African elephant hunting or the genocide of Khmer Rouge in First they killed my father.
AVA DUVERNAY – SELMA (2014)
Formerly the first filmmaker nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes, Ava DuVernay was also the director of Selma, which was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars 2015. Prior to this, in 2012, DuVernay became the first black woman to win best feature Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival with her film Middle of Nowhere, her second excellent movie with a budget of only $ 200,000.
KATHRYN BIGELOW – THE HURT LOCKER (2009)
Kathryn Bigelow is one of the first successful female directors in the history of American cinema as she was named the first woman to receive an Academy Award for Best Director. In addition, her famous work The Hurt Looker was also awarded the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2009.
CATHERINE HARDWICKE – TWILIGHT (2008)
Owning the famous film adaptation Twilight, Catherine Hardwicke earned $ 400 million and quickly became a successful Hollywood director. After finishing the first part Twilight series, the female director insisted on not doing the second part as well as other sequels because she liked the primitive nature of the work. Despite producing and designing the scene in Hollywood from a young age, it was not until 2003 that Hardwicke had her first film, Thirteen.
JENNIFER YUH NELSON – KUNGFU PANDA (2003)
Yuh Nelson was the second female director to have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. She was also the first Asian woman to film a Hollywood animation blockbuster and succeeded with Kung Fu Panda 2. Before that, she also worked for Kung Fu Panda in 2003 and after that, she had considerable success with Kung Fu Panda 3.
JANE CAMPION – THE PIANO (1993)
This woman is famous for her contributions to the cinema industry, especially with her once film The Piano. The outstanding film was honored with many huge awards, including three Oscars and a Palme d'Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. In addition to this masterpiece, the New Zealand director also created many famous works. She was one of the first women directors to make men respect.
By: Quinn Abrams