Here's what Gerwig's colleagues Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh had to say about the announcement. Pugh told Deadline that The Gerwig Snub (our capitalization, not hers) was "a big blow", and she made clear her exasperation about the industry's pattern of overlooking female directors. It's also fairly common to see multi-hyphenates receive multiple nominations across categories such as directing, writing, producing and other technical fields if they take on multiple roles in an exemplary production.
"I am brimming with happiness - thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you (that's six!) to the Academy", Gerwig wrote in a statement today. The actress also mentioned that she is still in shock that she got to be a part of the film which has gone so far. "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".
Pugh's remarks to Entertainment Weekly yesterday expressed the frustration felt by so many.
That's certainly making her thoughts known.
Even at the event announcing the nominations, actress Issa Rae in listing the directorial nominees couldn't resist drawing attention to the lack of female representation in the category, saying "Congratulations to these men". She also explained that she does not have an idea on when the Academy is going to stop neglecting female filmmakers.
I think everybody's angry and quite rightly so. Women were also excluded from the Best Director category at this year's Golden Globes. "I can't believe it's happened again, but I don't really know how to solve it. I do not know what the answer is, other than we are talking about it", Pugh said.
Lina Wertmüller was the first woman ever nominated for Best Director, for 1977's Seven Beauties.
The internet's yawn and eye-roll response suggests that while Oscar nominations might reflect the box office, and a win might still make a career, the films in the running don't really reflect contemporary society, and its diversity - particularly the war and crime films nominated within Best Director and Best Picture, which instead look to the past.