Once Again, No Women Were Nominated for Best Director at the Oscars

Carla Harmon
January 14, 2020

Thankfully, Little Women and Harriet received well-deserved nominations in other categories this year, but that makes their Best Director snubs even more glaring.

Also nominated in the best supporting actress category are Scarlett Johansson for Jojo Rabbit, Kathy Bates for Richard Jewell, Laura Dern for Marriage Story and Margot Robbie for Bombshell. For many, however, each paled next to signature works by the directors responsible for them - "Irishman", another mob drama, falling short of Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas", while "Once Upon a Time" is arguably the fourth or fifth best movie from Quentin Tarantino.

The announcement of five men and zero women in the Best Director category during the 2020 Oscar nominations drew some serious shade from the broadcast's host.

To many, the statement recalled the one made by Natalie Portman on the Oscars stage two years ago, when she introduced the category saying, "And here are the all-male nominees".

Lina Wertmüller was the first woman ever nominated for Best Director, for 1977's Seven Beauties.

While Gerwig was a strong contender, she is not the only woman who was snubbed by the Academy Awards. So while Little Women has a whopping six Oscar nominations, there's still something that doesn't feel quite right.

I think everybody's angry and quite rightly so.

Greta Gerwig's Little Women adaptation has also been nominated for best picture, best adapted screenplay, costume design and music (original score).

After nearly two decades without a female directing nominee, the Academy nominated Campion for her work on The Piano.

Speaking to reporters, the President of ABC Television Entertainment in the US, Karey Burke, said: "Let me confirm it now". Campion did not win the Best Director award, but did win for Best Screenplay. Lulu Wang could have been nominated for The Farewell, which would have made her the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated. The same issue was buzzed-about when it came to the Golden Globes earlier this month, as not one female director was nominated at that show, either. Also snubbed? Lorene Scafaria for Hustlers, Melina Matsoukas for Queen & Slim and Marielle Heller for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

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