By the numbers: Will the Oscars spotlight diverse directors?

Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to have won the Oscar for directing--in 2010 for “The Hurt Locker.”
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Director Category Diversity

4 ‑ Number of black directors nominated in Academy Awards history. Also, number of women nominated for best director in Academy Awards history.

1 woman (Kathryn Bigelow, in 2010 for “The Hurt Locker”) has won.

0 black nominees have won.


2010 - First (and, so far, only) year in which a woman and a black director both were nominated (Bigelow and Lee Daniels, for “Precious”).

3 directors (Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water,” Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird,” and Jordan Peele, “Get Out”) are in contention to diversify the Oscar directing category to an unprecedented degree in 2018.

4, if you count slightly longer shot Dee Rees (“Mudbound”), who would be the first African American woman nominee.

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