Women had another record-breaking night at this year’s Oscars, accounting for one-third of the awards handed out on Sunday night.
Across the 24 categories, 13 women and 26 men took home statuettes this year, an uptick from the previous record set last year when women accounted for 27.8% of the 54 winners. Though there were two fewer female winners compared to last year’s 15, the overall amount of winners was LAO down 28% from 2019.
In addition to Renee Zellweger, who took home Best Actress for her role in the Judy Garland biopic “Judy,” and Best Supporting Actress winner Laura Dern, for “Marriage Story,” the following women earned Oscars on Sunday:
Karen Rupert Toliver, “Hair Love” (Best Animated Short Film)
Barbara Ling & Nancy Haigh, “Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood (Best Production Design)
A total of 67 women were nominated for Oscars this year, accounting for 32% of the nominees. That was up from last year’s similarly record-setting year, in which 27.5% of the nominations went to women (individuals who were nominated in more than one category were counted more than once).
Those record-setting percentages came in a year when the Oscars took heavy criticism — including a subtle dig from nominations announcer Issa Rae — for the all-male field of best director nominees.
Female directors including Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”) and Mati Diop (“Atlantics”) were all overlooked by the Academy, continuing a trend of awards bodies failing to achieve gender parity among nominees.