Directed by Randa Haines
Written by Hesper Anderson and Mark Medoff, based upon the play by Mark Medoff
Starring Marlee Matlin, William Hurt and Piper Laurie
Unless you’re into Academy Award trivia, you probably did not know that Children of a Lesser God (1986) was the first movie directed by a woman to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture. Other trivia? It took nearly 50 years of Academy history to get the first directing nod for a woman – Lina Wertmuller for 1975’s Seven Beauties – and then ten years more for a movie directed by a woman to even compete for the top prize. And it would be two decades after that when a woman would actually win Best Director and her film, The Hurt Locker (2009) would Best Picture.