While announcing the 2020 Oscar nominations, Issa Rae took note of the fact that there were no female directors mentioned in the Best Director category - and she made her feelings about it VERY clear on the live broadcast!
Had she been nominated, Gerwig would have been the first woman in history to be nominated for best director twice. In 2017, Gerwig became the fifth female director to be nominated in the category for Lady Bird, following Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties in 1976, Jane Campion for The Piano 1993 and Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation in 2003.
"Congratulations to those men", Rae said.
Rae's remark elicited laughs among those in the theater where the nominations were announced.
British cinematographer Roger Deakins is also nominated for best cinematography for his work on the film, which employs a unique visual style whereby it looks like one continuous shot. But to me, Greta, since she started, has made two ideal films, and I hope when she makes her next flawless movie, she gets recognized for everything, because I think she's one of the most important filmmakers of our time.
But the Academy's director's branch thought otherwise.
Other than the categories that are still, archaically, exclusively for women, like Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, the nominations gear towards the pale, male, and stale. While she was indeed nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Gerwig is didn't make the list for Best Director. And now the cast of Little Women have broken their silence on the subject.
1917's 10 nods include best picture, best director, best original screenplay, best achievement in visual effects and best achievement in sound editing. So while Little Women has a whopping six Oscar nominations, there's still something that doesn't feel quite right. Little Women was also nominated for best original score and best costume design.
The stars of the movie were quick to react to the snub and noted that Gerwig's exclusion in the category is a "big blow" for them. The backlash was immediate after the nominations were read, with viewers flooding Twitter with angry messages directed at the Academy. "This film is a testament to the brilliance of Greta Gerwig".
The nominees for best actress are: Cynthia Erivo, "Harriet"; Scarlett Johansson, "Marriage Story"; Saoirse Ronan, "Little Women"; Charlize Theron, "Bombshell"; Renée Zellweger, "Judy".