Natalie Portman made an important point at the Golden Globes when introducing the Best Director nominees by quipping, “And here are the all-male nominees.”
During an appearance at a Variety event during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Carey Mulligan tackled the same topic by pointing to Dee Rees, the African-American female filmmaker who directed her in critically acclaimed Netflix feature “Mudbound”.
“If Dee Rees was a white man she’d be directing the next ‘Star Wars’,” said Mulligan in the video above, “she’d be nominated for an Oscar without question.”
Mulligan was one of many who felt that Rees was snubbed by the Globes for her deft directorial work on “Mudbound”, as were “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig, likewise ignored by the Globes.
With the Oscar nominations set to be announced on Tuesday morning, Mulligan added: “There’s something not right, and we’re working on it. I think Greta [Gerwig] and Patty Jenkins have been overlooked for too long. If it doesn’t happen I feel like it will send out a big signal and I think that people will react to that.”
While a woman has yet to direct a “Star Wars” film, Luscasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has said that she’s hopeful that will happen sooner rather than later.
“There’s nothing we’d like more than to find a female director for ‘Star Wars’,” she said in a 2015 interview with Variety. “There is an assumption made that the people involved should predominantly be men. There are women who are ‘Star Wars’ fans. That’s what’s so insane.”