AceShowbiz - The president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is defending the organisation's decision not to honour women directors at the Golden Globes, insisting films should be judged on merit and not gender.
Filmmakers like Greta Gerwig, Alma Har'el and Marielle Heller failed to make the cut for the nominations on Monday, December 09, leading to an outcry from some experts.
But HFPA boss Lorenzo Soria insists no one was "snubbed" and he is more than happy with the all-male shortlist of directors: Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips, Sam Mendes, Bong Joon-ho and Quentin Tarantino.
"What happened is that we don't vote by gender," Soria told Variety. "We vote by film and accomplishment."
The last time a women was nominated in the coveted category was in 2014, when Ava DuVernay earned a nod for her film "Selma".
Har'el was among those to share her disappointment over the nominations.
"Good morning to everyone that's writing me about the #goldenglobes I feel you but know this (sic)," she posted on Twitter. "I was on the inside for the first time this year. These are not our people and they do not represent us. Do not look for justice in the awards system. We are building a new world."