Aaron Sorkin Has a Hilarious Reason For Never Forgiving the Golden Globe-Nominated Female Directors

While accepting his Golden Globe win for Best Screenplay, Aaron Sorkin let Emerald Fennell, Chloé Zhao and Regina King know the impact they've made on his daughter, Roxy.

By Billy Nilles Mar 01, 2021 2:09 AMTags

Giving credit where credit's due.

When it came time for Aaron Sorkin to accept his award for Best Screenplay at the 2021 Golden Globes on Feb. 28, which he received for penning The Trial of the Chicago 7, the writer turned his attention to the other category he'd earned a nomination it at the ceremony: Best Director.

With his daughter Roxy by his side, Sorkin sent a message to the three women who he's up against in the category—the winner of which, as of press time, had yet to be revealed—and jokingly let his displeasure with them known.

"Thank you, thank you HFPA, this is very nice, but it can't top to honor of being nominated along side these four phenomenal screenplays," he began before turning his attention to the trio of female filmmakers. "Emerald Fennel, Chloé Zhao, Regina King, you are the reason that my teenage daughter wants to be a filmmaker and I am never going to forgive you for that."

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Of course, Fennell and Zhao were both nominees in the category Sorkin was accepting his award for, as they both wrote their features Promising Young Woman and Nomadland, respectively. Zhao's nomination in both categories has been historical, making her the first woman of Asian descent to be recognized. Meanwhile, King, who directed One Night in Miami..., is only the second Black woman nominated for Best Director.


Sorkin made a bit of his own history with the win, his third in the category. As the most-nominated scribe in the category, with eight of his nine total feature scripts garnering nominations, he now has three total wins (after Steve Jobs and The Social Network). That makes him tied with Robert Bolt and Quentin Tarantino for the most wins ever.

Relive all the winners and biggest show moments from the 2021 Golden Globes here!