Nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards were announced last week. With the heightened focus on gender equality and perceived snubs at the Golden Globes, particularly in the Best Director category, we wondered how the latest round of nominees stacked up based on Picture Parity ratings. The short answer? There are some bright spots and also a lot of room for improvement.
Note, we recommend supporting movies with a Picture Parity rating of 5/10 or higher.
Of the nine nominations for Best Picture, one third rated high enough for us to recommend you go see them:
Lady Bird – 8
The Shape of Water – 6.5
The Post – 6
In the Director category, one of five nominees is a woman, Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird – 8.
For the two screenplay categories, Original Screenplay and Adapted Screenplay, three of ten nominees have women writers attached:
Mudbound – 9: Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
The Big Sick – 4: Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani
Lady Bird – 8: Greta Gerwig
In a historic first, there is a woman nominated for Cinematography (in a category of five), Rachel Morrison for Mudbound – 9.
For Editing, again, one nominee in five is female – Tatiana S. Riegel for I, Tonya – 5.5.
Finally, in the Lead Actress and Supporting Actress categories, there remains little diversity continuing years of #oscarssowhite. However, a bright spot is the high representation of women of a “certain age.” And, the average Picture Parity rating for the movies represented in these two categories is over 6.
We know how the major category nominations stacked up – 20% to 33% representation for women. In the 90th year these awards are being held. Nominations are the first step. We’ll be following to see how many of these women take the wins in their categories and we will be comparing these nominations to those in coming years. We plan to see parity in the near future.