It's shaping up to be a great year for women actors. Bridesmaids, with its Golden Globes, Critics' Choice and Screen Actors' Guild award nominations, managed to end the annoying debate over whether women can be funny. (They can, duh.) Lead actor nominations for the ladies have gone to Glenn Close, playing a woman who passes as a man to survive in 1800s Ireland, and Meryl Streep, portraying the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher herself, rather than rewarding the manic pixie dream girls of the film world. Compare this year's nominees to those a decade, or even five years ago, and it's clear that on-screen opportunities for women are expanding.
Behind the camera, however is a different story. Best Director nominations in all the major awards have gone entirely to men -- talented men, the likes of Scorcese, Allen, and Spielberg, but a group made up of only men all the same. We're not saying films like The Artist and Midnight in Paris aren't deserving of attention. It's just, well, where our ladies at, directorially speaking?
Making some damn good movies, it turns out. And they deserve a little love too. Here's our pick of women we wish we could see in the awards show nominee montages in the coming months.