This is a much more vibrant prospect for female directors than at the Oscars, where two women were never nominated for Best Director in the same year.
Three women have been nominated for Best Director at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, which will be presented on August 30 – Taylor Swift for “The Man”, Billy Ailish for “xanny” and Hannah Lux Davis for Dodge Cote’s Say It. For only the second time in the 37-year history of VMAs, three women have been nominated in this category in the same year – and for the first time it happens when none of the female directors has a co-husband.
Female directors had three of the five nominees in this category in 2005, but only Floria Sigismund she was nominated for a video she directed herself ̵
Davis and Swift were also nominated in this category last year – Davis for directing Ariana Grande’s “Thank You U, Next”; Swift (together with the co-nominee Drew Kirsch) for “You need to calm down.”
Here are five previous major milestones in this category that paved the way for this year’s breakthrough:
First woman to receive a nomination for best direction: Mary Lambert, in 1985, the second year of the awards, for directing Chris Isaac “Danzig”. Note: This is a different Mary Lambert from the woman who co-wrote and is featured in Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Same Love.”
First woman to win in this category: Valerie Faris, in tandem with her husband and director’s partner Jonathan Dayton, for “Tonight, Tonight” (The Smashing Pumpkins) “Tonight, Tonight”. The team won again four years later for the California Hot Red Chili Peppers.
First woman nominated to direct one of her own videos: Elliott, for “Work” (2003), which she co-directed with Myers. (The team was nominated again two years later for the aforementioned “Loss Control.”)
First woman to win directing one of her own videos: Erica Badu for co-directing her 2008 video “Honey”. Mr. Robot (Chris Robinson).
First woman to win in this category (without co-director): Melina Matsukas, for Beyonce’s “Formation” (2016).
Faris is also the woman with the most nominations in this category – five, all with Dayton (and sometimes other partners). In addition to the two winners, their nominees were The Smashing Pumpkins “The End Is the Start Is The End” (1997), Korn’s “Freak on a Leash” (1999) and “Hot Way Chili Peppers” (2002). d.).
Three women are tied for the most nominations alone (two each) – Matsukas, Sigismund and Davis. In addition to Formation, Matsukas was nominated for directing Bay’s Good Pain (2014). In addition to “Blue Orchid”, Sigismund was nominated for directing the collage “ET” Katy Perry / Kanye West (2011). Davis’ two nominations in this category are mentioned above.
Five women received one nomination in this category: Sophie Muellerwho directed Eurythmix, “You Put a Cold in My Heart” (1988), Because Evans, who directed Drake’s “God’s Plan” (2018) and the aforementioned Lambert, Eilish, and Swift.
Four other women have been nominated for co-directing: Paula Greif, for co-director of Steve Winwood’s “Supreme Love” (1987) p Peter Kagan; Candace Reckinger, for co-direction by Paula Abdul “Attracting Opposites” (1990) p Michael Patterson; Christina Aguilera, for co-direction “Candyman” (2007) p Matthew Rolston; and Adria Petty, for co-directing the collage of Coldplay / Rihanna “Princess of China” (2012) with Alan Bidi,,
This is a much more vibrant prospect for female directors than at the Oscars, where two women were never nominated for Best Director in the same year – and only five women were nominated. These women are: Lina Wertmüller for The seven beauties (1976), Jane Champion for The piano (1993), Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation (2003), Catherine Bigelow for The Lort Locker (2009) and Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird (2017). Bigelow won the award.