• Lynne Ramsay and Joaquin Phoenix talk You Were Never Really Here" at Cannes Film Festival in 2017 (Getty)Source: Getty
An anticipated outcome but still unfortunate, despite a number of worthy potential contenders.
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Variety

23 Jan 2019 - 2:40 AM  UPDATED 23 Jan 2019 - 2:52 AM

From Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” (an Amazon release that received a Cannes screenplay prize) to Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace” (a Sundance entry notably recognized by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. last month), great work from deserving women was certainly on the table.

Ramsay, in fact, was — along with “BlacKkKlansman” helmer Spike Lee — the most laureled filmmaker on the critics’ awards circuit after Alfonso Cuarón.

The Playlist talks to Lynne Ramsay, director of You Were Never Really Here, about her visual style, and the tenderness with which she tells grisly stories:

Marielle Heller (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” a Telluride Film Festival favorite) and Chloe Zhao (“The Rider,” named the year’s best film by the National Society of Film Critics) were other acclaimed players that arguably deserved to make the lineup. Tamara Jenkins (“Private Life”), Karyn Kusama (“Destroyer”), Mimi Leder (“On the Basis of Sex”) and Josie Rourke (“Mary Queen of Scots”) were options as well.

The Playlist reviews "Mary Queen of Scots":

Nominees were ultimately Cuarón for “Roma,” Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” Yorgos Lanthimos for “The Favourite,” Adam McKay for “Vice” and Pawel Pawlikowski for “Cold War.”

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So what happened? Clearly the critics did what they could, particularly with Ramsay, Granik and Zhao. In the cases of Bleecker Street’s “Leave No Trace” and Sony Classics’ “The Rider,” tight awards budgets are certainly part of the equation. But it’s a particularly sour note to hit a year after Greta Gerwig became just the fifth woman nominated by the Academy’s directors branch, and amid an ongoing discussion of gender parity in the industry.

This year’s best picture nominees were “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice.”

The Playlist reviews the best movies of 2018:

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