Oscars Shut Out Women in Best Director Category Again

Laura Dern in Marriage Story. Image from Twitter

Laura Dern in Marriage Story. Image from Twitter

Among others, Greta Gerwig was widely thought to be a major contender in the Best Director category for Little Women.

All four of those films are nominated for best picture, alongside Ford V Ferrari, released in the United Kingdom as Le Mans '66, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Marriage Story and Parasite.

In the end, Martin Scorsese ("The Irishman"), Todd Phillips ("Joker"), Sam Mendes ("1917"), Quentin Tarantino ("Once upon a Time... in Hollywood") and Bong Joon Ho ("Parasite") - all men - scored nominations.

After a historic year for women directors, the Academy Awards have followed the regressive path established this awards season by the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and the BAFTAs by not nominating any women for best director.

"Congratulations to those men", the Insecure actor said in an apparent sarcastic tone after reading out the Best Director nominations.

Lorene Scafaria ("Hustlers") and Marielle Heller ("A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood") had also been in the conversation.

Gerwig became only the fifth woman nominated for best director at the 2018 Oscars.

Only one woman has ever won the award in the Academy's 92-year history - Kathryn Bigelow in 2009 for The Hurt Locker.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories - actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. Eastern with the nominations revealed for the big categories including best picture, directing, actor in a leading role, actress in a leading role, animated feature film, documentary feature, original screenplay, adapted screenplay and original song. "Little Women" was also nominated for best original score and best costume design.

Ronan has previously been nominated for three Oscars; for best actress for Lady Bird (2017) and Brooklyn (2015), and best supporting actress for her performance in Atonement (2007) when she was just 13 years old. "She is the most brilliant creative talent working in our industry today, and we are thrilled that she and our handsome film have been recognized".

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