Issa Rae's 'congratulations to those men' quip sums up Oscars frustration

Lawrence Kim
January 14, 2020

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. Bong Joon-ho (Parasite), Sam Mendes (1917), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood) and Todd Phillips for (Joker) are all in the running.

Immediately after sharing that news, Rae deadpanned, "Congratulations to those men".

Rae, star of HBO's Insecure, is a writer, director, producer and actress.

Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers) and Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood) had also been in the conversation. The 25-year-old Saoirse Ronan made history at the Oscars 2020 by becoming the second youngest actress to be getting her fourth nomination at the prestigious Academy Awards.

Emma Watson in Little Women.

Issa Rae found the ideal way to hit the Oscar's with some classy shade. Both Ronan and Pugh received nominations for their work in Little Women.

Notably, the Director's Guild of America awards' best feature film category, the nominations for which were announced last week, also included an all-male lineup. The film earned six nominations, and Gerwig was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Four years on from the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the acting categories contained a lack of diversity. But Ronan is hoping Gerwig's next movie will fare better.

The exclusion of Greta Gerwig's name has created a stir among people and a lot of celebrities are coming out in support of the filmmaker after she got snubbed in the Directing category of the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards.

1917's 10 nods include best picture, best director, best original screenplay, best achievement in visual effects and best achievement in sound editing.

Unlike with the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, motion picture academy rules also stipulate that a performer cannot be nominated twice in the same category in the same year (i.e., Johansson could not have been nominated for lead actress for both "Marriage Story" and "Jojo Rabbit", or Brad Pitt could not have been nominated for lead actor this year for both "Ad Astra" and "Once Upon a Time.in Hollywood"). "This film is a testament to the brilliance of Greta Gerwig".

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