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Barbra Streisand Says Sexism Kept Her from Earning More Oscar Nods: 'They Don’t Want to See a Woman Director'

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Barbra Streisand has a theory about her multiple Oscar snubs.

The singer-actress-director, 75, said sexism kept her from snagging Oscar nominations for Yentl and The Prince of Tides during an interview at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday.

But Streisand said it wasn’t just men who didn’t want to recognize her efforts as a female director.

“There were a lot of older people,” she said, according to Variety. “They don’t want to see a woman director.”

“I don’t know how many women wanted to see a woman director,” she added.

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Yentl — Streisand’s directorial debut, which she also starred in — was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1984, but missed out on nods for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress. Her next directorial effort, 1991’s The Prince of Tides, earned at Best Picture nod, but she was left off the Best Director list.

Streisand claimed that jealousy and competitiveness among women in Hollywood were partly to blame for the snubs, adding that female critics targeted her because of her gender.

“None of [the female critics] talked about what the movie was trying to say,” Streisand said of Yentl. “It was not about what the movie was about — a celebration of women and all they could be.”