We're only a few weeks in, and already 2015 doesn't seem like a great year for women at awards shows. At Sunday night's Golden Globes, the Best Screenplay nominees consisted of seven men (Birdman's script was penned by four) and just one woman, perhaps marking yet another year in which women's contributions to film and television behind the camera won't be adequately recognized. Even more discouraging is the fact that this year's sole female nominee, Gone Girl writer Gillian Glynn lost the Best Screenplay Golden Globe to Birdman's team of four male writers, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo.
It's not that the other male nominees weren't deserving, they certainly were, having penned some of the year's most memorable films including, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, and The Imitation Game. But there are female screenwriters out there who's work isn't being recognized, like Obvious Child writer Gillian Robespierre or Guardians of the Galaxy's co-writer Nicole Perlman, who was recently nominated for a Writer's Guild Award.
Hopefully we'll see this rectified when the Academy Awards nominations are announced on Thursday, Jan. 15. Since the Oscars divide the writing awards into two categories, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay, there are twice the amount of nominees. Maybe we'll see some of those spots go to the women who weren't recognized by the Golden Globes, and see Flynn bring home a trophy for her riveting Gone Girl script.