Charlize Theron has spoken out about the omission of female directors nominated at the Golden Globes, saying it's "unfair" and "incredibly frustrating".
Nominations for next January's ceremony were announced on Monday. There are no female directors shortlisted for Best Director, and no films by female directors are on the Best Picture shortlists. There are also no female nominees for Best Screenplay.
Hollywood star Theron told the LA Times of female filmmakers being overlooked: "It's tough. It's really, really tough. And I think it gets really frustrating when we we have to remember that women directors, especially, are just trying to get their numbers up.
"They represent 10% of our directors in the industry, and when you have a good year like we had this year with such great work, it is incredibly frustrating. No woman wants to get nominated because it's the right thing to do. It's really, really ridiculous.
"It's not cool. It's really hard, and I think it's unfair, and it's why we can't stop this fight. We gotta keep making noise until we're heard and these stories get recognised."
The news of female directors being left off the nominations list was met with an instant backlash.
The Time's Up movement said that it was "shocking, unacceptable & incredibly disappointing".
They tweeted: "In 77 years, only 5 women have been nominated for Best Director at the #GoldenGlobes.
"Women-directed films & stories are being systematically overlooked. It's past time for the entertainment industry to give women storytellers the recognition they deserve."
In a time with more women directors than ever before & the success of the #4PercentChallenge, it's shocking, unacceptable & incredibly disappointing that the #GoldenGlobes has yet again nominated only men in the Best Director category. cc: @Inclusionists https://t.co/43PQ0l4BL6— TIME'S UP (@TIMESUPNOW) December 9, 2019
Only five women have ever been nominated for best director in the Golden Globes' 77-year history and Barbra Streisand is the only female winner, with Yentl in 1984.
Theron has been nominated for a Golden Globe for playing Megyn Kelly in the upcoming Fox News drama Bombshell.