Oscars Gender Gap Narrows: Women Directed Record 27% of Best Picture Contenders

100 of the 366 films eligible for the 2021 Oscars had female directors

While Hollywood is still a long way from gender parity, the fight to get more women in the director’s chair hit a milestone this year: For the first time, 27% of the 366 films eligible for this year’s Academy Award for Best Picture had a female director.

That’s up from last year, when 23% of eligible films had a woman as director or co-director (79 out of 344 films) — and a marked improvement from five years ago, when only 15% did.

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jeremyfuster

Brian Welk

Film Reporter • brian.welk@thewrap.com • Twitter: @brianwelk