In my last post I mentioned that no woman has ever won an Oscar for best director and only 3 have ever been nominated.
There is now a campaign to get Slumdog Millionnaire’s co-director Loveleen Tandan on the academy nomination with director Danny Boyle. Jan Lisa Huttner of WITASWAN has kicked up the campaign.
Tandan is being very gracious about the whole thing, of course. There’s no way she’s going to make a stink about it. She has been getting lots of press in India. But internationally, no one was mentioning it.
I’m all for Tandan sharing the nomination, especially if she was as indispendible as Boyle says. I am vocal about the inequalities in the film industry… but if she gets it, will people take it seriously or will it be known as the time when women whined to get her an Oscar?
What bothered me most was Tandan’s own comment that “It would be a grave injustice if the credit I have should have the effect of diminishing Danny Boyle’s magnificent achievement.” As if sharing the deserved credit diminishes what he accomplished? Doesn’t it diminish her role if she’s not included?
UPDATE from The Hot Pink Pen
WALL STREET JOURNAL article
VOYNARISTIC’s disagreement with with campaign.