Issa Rae Epically Shades This Year’s Oscar Nominees

Carla Harmon
January 14, 2020

With just four words, Issa Rae struck a nerve on Monday while announcing the best director nominations for the 92nd Oscars. Thankfully, Little Women and Harriet received well-deserved nominations in other categories this year, but that makes their Best Director snubs even more glaring.

Issa Rae did not shy away from calling out the snub given to female directors after she congratulated the male directors for their nominations for the respective films.

In the history of the Oscars, only five women have ever been nominated for Best Director.

The academy failed to nominate any women in a year saturated with acclaimed female-directed films, such as Lulu Wang's "The Farewell", Lorene Scafaria's "Hustlers", Céline Sciamma's "Portrait of a Lady On Fire", Melina Matsouka's "Queen & Slim", Alma Har'el's "Honey Boy", and Marielle Heller's "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood".


In the end, Martin Scorsese ("The Irishman"), Todd Phillips ("Joker"), Sam Mendes ("1917"), Quentin Tarantino ("Once upon a time ... in Hollywood") and Bong Joon Ho ("Parasite" ) - all men - marked appointments.

'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, ' she told Deadline.

Lorene Scafaria ("Hustlers") and Marielle Heller ("A handsome day in the neighborhood") also participated in the conversation.

Over the past decade, out of 55 best director nominations for 11 different Oscars ceremonies, only two have been women.


Six years later, in 2010, Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director for The Hurt Locker.

The list of best directors only has male director, this decision by the Academy Awards did not go down well with the actress. She also became the first woman to get a nod for her debut film, "Lady Bird". But in a possible sign of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' increasingly global outlook, Parasite became just the sixth non-English language movie to be nominated for both best foreign-language film and best picture.

Gerwig ultimately scored a nominations in the best adapted screenplay category. "Little Women" was also nominated for best picture and individual nominations were earned by Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh. "Little Women" was also nominated for the best original score and the best costume design. Issa Rae said in her remark that "congratulations to those men" in a very sarcastic tone at Best Director's category. "This film is a testament to the brilliance of Greta Gerwig".


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