Women Directors Could Set an Oscar Record in Screenplay Categories (and More)

The fight for women to be recognized for their directorial achievements stretches back for decades, but, too often, the screenwriters aren’t given that same spotlight.

However, this year presents a unique situation where female filmmakers have also penned the top awards contenders for adapted screenplay.

These leading contenders include Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”), Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Lost Daughter”), Rebecca Hall (“Passing”) and Siân Heder (“Coda”).If three of the writer-directors are nominated for best adapted screenplay, it’ll be the most female-written films recognized since 1991, which included “Europa Europa” (Agnieszka Holland), “Fried Green Tomatoes” (Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski) and “The Prince of Tides”.

If all four manage to receive noms, it would be the most in Academy history, as well as the most that have been directed by women.Three of the women were recognized by the USC Scripter Awards, whose previous nominees have a solid translation to Academy attention.

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