Little Women is a Radical Act, With or Without the Oscars

Greta Gerwig started directing in kindergarten

The nominees in the Best Director category this year went to Martin Scorcese for The Irishman, Todd Phillips for Joker, Sam Mendes for 1917, Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time In Hollywood and Bong Joon-Ho for Parasite.

Noticeably absent from the list: women.

Issa Rae found the flawless way to hit the Oscar's with some classy shade.

Off the top of our heads, we're thinking of Little Women (Greta Gerwig), Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria), Booksmart (Olivia Wilde), The Farewell (Lulu Wang), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Marielle Heller), Honey Boy (Alma Har'el), and Harriet (Kasi Lemmons). Unfortunately, they were left disappointed when the nominees were announced because Gerwig failed to find a place in that particular category for her stellar work in "Little Women". Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the Golden Globes ceremony (she had attended with Baumbach, whose movie was nominated for Best Motion Picture-Drama, among other awards), she said that as she waited alone in the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton for Baumbach to finish doing pre-ceremony press, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association kept approaching her to tell her they'd supported her movie.

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

Issa Rae Calls Out Oscars For Snubbing Women In Best Director Category
Plenty of other ceremonies and nominations have also been occurring, but the top prize in the film world is the Academy Awards . Though director Greta Gerwig scored a nod for Best Adapted Screenplay, she was shut out of the Best Director category.

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

But the Academy's director's branch thought otherwise.

Ten years later, Sofia Coppola was nominated for Lost in Translation in 2003.

Other heavy-hitters include Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit with six nominations including Best Picture; and Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story with six, including acting nominations for supporting actress Laura Dern and lead performers Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson.

The first woman in Academy Awards history to take home the prize did so 82 years after the first Oscar was handed out. The Hurt Locker was nominated for nine awards that year. That's an honour that can now be claimed by Rocketman (original song), Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (makeup and hairstyling), The Lighthouse (cinematography), Ad Astra (sound mixing) and, for Best Visual Effects, The Lion King, Avengers: Endgame, and Star Wars, which was also nominated for its score. And when the Golden Globe nominations were announced, in early December, neither Gerwig nor the film, specifically, got one. The then 33-year-old made her solo directorial debut with the coming-of-age film, starring Saoirse Ronan, and she was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

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