Where Are the Women at the Oscars?


Posted by Rachel Lorris

Got your Oscar scorecards ready? The Women Media Center has ours: Here’s the “scorecard” of women nominated for 84th Annual Academy Awards.


Academy Award Categories with No Women Nominated*

Directing (Number of Men Nominated: 5)

Cinematography (Number of Men Nominated: 5)

Documentary, feature (Number of Men Nominated: 11)

Music, original score (Number of Men Nominated: 5

Sound Editing (Number of Men Nominated: 9)

Visual Effects (Number of Men Nominated: 20)


Academy Award Categories with Exactly 1 Women Nominated

Writing, adapted screenplay (Number of Men Nominated: 12)

Sound Mixing (Number of Men Nominated: 17)

Animated Feature Film (Number of Men Nominated: 6)

Foreign Language Film (Number of Men Nominated: 4)

Music, original song (Number of Men Nominated: 3)


Academy Award Categories with Only 2 Women Nominated

Writing, original screenplay (Number of Men Nominated: 4)

Film Editing (Number of Men Nominated: 5)

Short Film, live action (Number of Men Nominated: 7)


Academy Award Categories where Number of Women Doesn’t Equal Half Of Total Nominees

Best Picture: 5 women nominated, 12 men

Makeup: 3 women nominated, 5 men

Short Film, animated: 3 women nominated, 5 men


Academy Award Categories where Women Outnumber Men

Costume Design: 3 women nominated (Number of Men Nominated: 2)

Documentary, short subject: 7 women nominated (Number of Men Nominated: 2)

Art Direction: 3 women nominated (Number of Men Nominated: 2)


*Numbers reflect all people mentioned in nomination, including multiple names for same film.


Here are some women directors who are missing from this year’s lineup:

This post was originally published by the Women’s Media Center.



Photo from lincolnblues via flickr


Natasha Salgado
Past Member 5 years ago

It's not the lack of Female winners at these awards ceremonies that bother me but rather these articles all the time that seem to glorify women as a 2nd rate Sex. Perhaps if not so many of these in your face sexist reminders of how little value a woman has then just maybe we could actually move forward,NO????

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson5 years ago

Yer, it happens everywhere, women get treated second.

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Janet S.
Past Member 6 years ago

This is a very sad set of statistics, which clearly shows discrimination against women and our perspective on the world. Not only was "The Whistleblower" an excellent film, it was exceptionally well written, acted, and directed, with excellent cinematography and costuming - It is deserving of several oscars, as is Angelina's excellent film. There can be no other answer than that they were singled out to be ignored because of their femaleness in writing, directing, and story lines, including the conclusions the stories draw.

Ashley L.
Ashley L6 years ago

This is not a very good article. If you're going to break down numbers like that and complain about women not being nominated for awards then you need to show how many women directed, wrote screenplays for, wrote an original score for, edited, etc... etc... etc... movies that were Oscar-worthy. Decent movies don't win Oscars, amazing movies win Oscar's. If women were jilted then show us or tell us WHICH women and for WHICH movie. Why not say, "Jane Doe was not nominated for her documentary" or whatever. Unless you provide facts like this articles like these are just silly fluff getting people worked up over nothing.

Lydia Price

Please new posts.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams6 years ago


Hillary K.
Hillary K6 years ago

Sad times still for us poor women folk

Kari Knabe
Kari Knabe6 years ago

Thanks for the information.