Quentin Tarantino, the rare white male filmmaker who is good at writing roles for women and diverse people, was asked by a magazine why there aren't any female directors (Katherine Bigelow aside) getting the kind of acclaim that he gets. His response: Nancy Meyers' The Intern was one of the best films of 2016.
It does seem to be to some degree there’s a boom or bust aspect when it comes to Hollywood when it comes to female directors. There becomes an era when there’s a lot working then that settles down and there’s a dry period – but frankly – maybe I’m just talking shit because the thing is there are female directors. Maybe they’re not being the ones that are being asked to be on the Hollywood Reporter roundtable. One of my favourite movies this last year was Nancy Meyers’ The Intern. They’re not considering that for the Oscars even though I think Robert De Niro gave one of the best performances this year in that movie. I thought the script was actually one of her best. Right up there with It’s Complicated. They’re not asking her to be part of the discussion.
Yup, he also loved It's Complicated.
The Intern, starring De Niro and Anne Hathaway, didn't get particularly stellar reviews. Still, Tarantino is right that there are plenty of female directors making excellent films that get ignored. Last year, those movies included Girlhood, Suffragette, Diary of a Teenage Girl, Mustang, Welcome to Me, and Breathe, which all got critical acclaim but only one Oscar nomination among them.
He did say that in this year's best director race he's rooting for George Miller and Mad Max: Fury Road to win the top prizes, which is exactly what you'd expect from Quentin Tarantino, unlike Quentin Tarantino loving The Intern.