WATCH: Women Directors Missing From the Oscars

By Diane Anderson-Minshall

Originally published on Advocate.com February 26 2012 2:30 PM ET

Just in time for the 84th Annual Academy Awards, some enterprising feminist number crunchers have come up with some cold hard facts: in all that time, only four women have been nominated for a best directing Oscar. The women behind IndieWire's Women and Hollywood blog have come up with a video celebrating the women who should have been considered for a best directing nod this year, and a surprising number of them are lesbian or bisexual. Among the faves they say the largely white male Academy voters ignored: Dee Rees (who directed the award-winning lesbian film Pariah), Miranda July (director of the indie The Future), Angelina Jolie (who directed the American foreign film, In the Land of Blood and Honey), Maryan Keshavarz (director of the acclaimed Iranian lesbian film, Circumstance), and Lynne Ramsey (who directed the Tilda Swinton vehicle, We Need to Talk About Kevin). See who else got snubbed in the video.