Little Women Cast Responds To Greta Gerwig’s ‘Disappointing’ Oscar Snub For Directing

Lawrence Kim
January 14, 2020

But the list for best director of a movie in 2020 - Sam Mendes for 1917, Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon A Time.

Noticeably absent from the list: women. In all of history, only five women have ever been nominated for Best Director at the Oscars.

Marielle Heller directed A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

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.

And let's hear it for Kathy Bates, the oldest actress nominated this year, for her role in Richard Jewell.

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. Bong Joon-ho, who directed Parasite, is the only person of color to be nominated for Best Director in this year's major film awards ceremonies.

Seventeen years later, in 1993, Jane Campion was nominated for The Piano.

The Academy Awards has a long and rich tradition of not recognizing female directors.

Ten years later, Sofia Coppola was nominated for Lost in Translation in 2003. In the weeks since its release, Little Women has continued to make money, and many of those who have seen the picture feel a fierce affection for it.

At the 2017 Emmys, Issa told a reporter that she was only looking for Black folks to take home trophies at the ceremony.

This year's Oscars will take place on February 9, the earliest date ever in the ceremony's 92-year history. The Hurt Locker was nominated for nine awards that year. It walked away with six in total: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.

The actress said she was asleep when the nominations were announced but admitted she left her phone volume on "in case anything were to happen".

Prior to the Academy Award nominations, Greta Gerwig was similarly snubbed at the Golden Globes.

Many eyes had been on the category, with particular attention being paid to whether Little Women director Greta Gerwig or any other of this year's notable female directors could score a nomination in the category historically dominated by men.

After a mildly diverse slate in 2019 - including wins for supporting actors Mahershala Ali for Green Book and Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk, and a Best Adapted Screenplay prize for Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman - the 2020 slate of nominees featured but a single person of colour in the four acting categories.

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