Candidates for the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards were announced this AM & I’m still stunned.
In the Best Director category: No women directors.
In the Best Feature category: No films with women in lead roles.
In the Best Screenplay category: No women screenwriters.
In the Best International Film category: No women filmmakers.
And the Robert Altman honoree (Best Cast): Margin Call a film in which two women have minor supporting roles & 90% of the dialogue is guys talking to guys.
The only break in the testosterone flow: recognition for Brit Marling as the co-writer of Another Earth (in the Best First Screenplay category). Otherwise, a complete shut-out: no women need apply!
As of today, I’ve seen about 2/3rds of the films listed, & I just can’t believe my eyes. Fabulous films like Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff (with Michelle Williams), Lynn Ramsay’s We Need to Talk about Kevin (with Tilda Swinton) & Larysa Kondracki’s The Whistleblower (with Rachel Weisz) were completely overlooked. No nominations, even for these terrific lead performances!
The Spirit Awards typically offer some consolation in the award season madness & sometimes even help push “small” female-focused films like Frozen River (written & directed by Courtney Hunt), Little Miss Sunshine (co-directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris) & Winter’s Bone (directed & co-written by Debra Granik) into Oscar contention… but not this year 🙁
< insert BIG SIGH here >