Issa Rae was NOT pleased to hear that not one female was nominated for Best Director at the 2020 Oscars. If Gerwig had been nominated, she would have created history by becoming the only female filmmaker to get nominated twice in the Best Director category.
Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers) and Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood) had also been in the conversation. Saoirse Ronan, who has been nominated in the Best Actress category for "Little Women", told Deadline that it is sad to see that Gerwig has not been nominated for such an wonderful movie.
The 2020 Oscar nominations have been announced, and just as it is every year, the 24-category field of nominees is a maddenning mix of satisfying, infuriating, and simply baffling. The actress announced this year's nominees alongside John Cho, and after the Best Director category was revealed, she shadily said to the camera, "Congratulations to those men".
And, as ever, Twitter is not. To somewhat reluctantly use the phrase #NotAllMen, the Safdie Brothers and Adam Sandler, who together made one of the most groundbreaking and original films of the year with Uncut Gems, should have got more recognition.
Maybe 2021 will be the year that the Academy finally joins us in the real world, where white men are not the only artists worthy of acclaim.
It certainly wasn't all bad, though, and numerous year's best movies nevertheless got their fair due.
However, she was really happy that the movie has been nominated in other major categories like Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay.
If nominated, it will be Ronan's fourth Oscar nomination having previously been shortlisted for Atonement (Best Supporting Actress, 2008), Brooklyn (Best Actress, 2016) and Lady Bird (Best Actress, 2018). Ironically, too, the Academy's oversight actually reaffirms the incredible relevance of Gerwig's film.
As for Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh, the actresses were, naturally, disappointed to learn that their colleague and dear friend had not been nominated for her hard work as director on Little Women. Krysty Wilson-Cairns shared a nomination with Sam Mendes for 1917 in the original screenplay category.