"It's a very short history, more of a haiku," Campion said, noting that 350 men have been nominated for best director, versus five for women (including herself and Gerwig, who called Wertmuller "a godmother to us all."
Davis delivered a version of the gender-parity pitch she has made in recent years in agencies and on studio lots, speaking this time to the industry group gathered in the Dolby ballroom. "
"This is an anxiety-free zone, so rare in this town, so needed," said Academy President and casting director David Rubin during his opening remarks, in his first major event since the being elected to the position in August.
Little Women writer-director Greta Gerwig sidled up to her Lady Bird actress, Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstein, and Bombshell’s Charlize Theron introduced herself to Farewell director Lulu Wang.
There was also one surprising guest, director Nate Parker, whose last journey through awards season in 2016 on behalf of The Birth of a Nation ended in controversy over his decades-old rape charge.
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