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Barbra Streisand blames sexism for Oscar snubs

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/1/2017
Barbra Streisand attends the Tribeca Talks: Storytellers event during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Barbra Streisand attends the Tribeca Talks: Storytellers event during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbra Streisand says sexism cost her multiple Oscar nominations over the years.

Robert Rodriguez and Barbra Streisand attend the Tribeca Talks: Storytellers event during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Robert Rodriguez and Barbra Streisand attend the Tribeca Talks: Storytellers event during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Variety reports Streisand told director Robert Rodriguez during an interview Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York that "there were a lot of older people" who didn't want to see a woman director. She tells Rodriguez that even some female critics targeted her because of her gender.

Streisand's "Yentl" was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1984. Streisand received a Best Director nod, but the film missed out on a Best Picture nomination. She says 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 Streisand was left off the Best Director list.

Streisand says there aren't enough female directors in Hollywood.

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