This chart shows how rarely female directors win awards
In all 86 years of the Oscars, only four women have been nominated for Best Director: Lina Wertmüller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, and Kathryn Bigelow. Many hoped a fifth—Ava DuVernay, who directed the critical favorite Selma—would be added to the list this year, but that didn’t happen. Instead, the Best Director contenders are all men.
The absence of women in this pool isn’t anything new, but a chart published by FiveThirtyEightdemonstrates just how much men dominate Hollywood even outside the Oscars: According to the data, only 2.4 percent of those nominated for best director since 1990 have been females and women make up only 15.1 percent of the directors in the Directors Guild of America.