Just days after her 75th birthday, Barbara Streisand said sexism cost her multiple Oscar nominations.
The singer, actress, director told an interview at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, ”There was a lot of older directors who didn’t want to see a woman director, I don’t think. And then there’s the whole notion of, I don’t know how many women wanted to see a movie with a woman director. Then you get into competition and a bit of jealousy.”
Though Streisand added, ”Not enough women are directing now. I love when I see a woman’s name on a film. Then I pray that it’s good.”
Streisand’s ”Yentl” was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1984.
She received a Best Director nod, but the movie missed out on a Best Picture nomination.
Streisand feels the snub was to blame, in part, for her hiatus from directing until 1991’s ”The Prince of Tides.”
That movie earned a Best Picture nomination, but she was left off the Best Director list.
After Sydney Pollack cut two of her scenes from 1973’s ”The Way We Were,” Streisand says ”That’s when I decided to be a director.”