We are wasting no time here. The Battle for the Final Four is nigh!
An Iranian graphic novel adaptation, a groundbreaking French film, a queer cult classic, a children's movie, a delicious Jane Austen adaptation, a visually iconic Bonnie & Clyde reinterpretation, the FIRST film to ever receive an Oscar nomination for a WOMAN DIRECTOR, and Sofia's luckiest project to date - these films span from 1993 to 2020 and couldn't be more different.
May the Greatest Matriarchs Win!!!
I fucking love Persepolis and you should too, but I will NEVER RECOVER FROM HOW THE FLAWLESS, SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE THAT WAS Portrait of a Lady on Fire.
The winner is... Celine Sciamma
What a weird set of movies to compare, huh? I see you, Baby Gay Lohan, but what Babbit did with But I’m A Cheerleader transcends filmmaking and falls into the beloved, cherished, and envious bracket all of its own: the cult classic.
The winner is... Jamie Babbit
This one is NOT easy. Emma was - dare I say it? - brand fucking new. Yes, you’re going to see sprinkles of Wes Anderson and a heavy dash of Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, but de Wilde managed to make a WHOLE NEW THING with her take on Jane Austen, something that I am not generally impressed with. Do yourself a favor and please watch the sheer deliciousness that is Emma.
And if you REALLY care about yourself, about unparalleled filmmaking, about #BlackLivesMatter (oh yeah, I went there) and about women who are about to fucking take over Hollywood, watch Queen & Slim fucking immediately. I do not say this lightly: it is a masterpiece.
The winner is... Melina Matsoukas
I feel like an asshole admitting this, but you know what? I’m a little relieved Coppola’s reign has finally come to an end. YES she is a great director, YES she makes good movies, but YES she is also just the *tiniest* bit overrated. You know who is NOT overrated? Jane Campion, one of the many women who literally paved the way for this entire bracket to even happen. I bow before the sacred, timeless beauty that is The Piano, and you should too.