No women have been nominated in the category this year.
Though Gerwig was, by all accounts, snubbed for Best Director for Little Women this year, she was recognized in 2017 for Lady Bird.
While the all-male domination of the category might suggest to some that female directors did not have as many creative opportunities, women helmed several highly-acclaimed films over the past year, between Lulu Wang's The Farewell, Marielle Heller's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Lorene Scafaria's Hustlers and Greta Gerwig's Little Women. Finally, a Best Costume Design nomination for Jacqueline Durran and Best Original Score for the film's composer Alexandre Desplat rounded out the picture's Oscar award contenders. In the ceremony's 90 years of existence, the Academy has only nominated five female directors and awarded one: Kathryn Bigelow, who won in 2009 for The Hurt Locker. Beyonce ("Lion King") missed out on her first Oscar nomination, for best song. While the fans were rooting for Greta to feature in the list of academy awards nominations for directing Little Women, the female director could not make it to the race.
Best actor nominees are Antonio Banderas for Pain And Glory, Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon A Time.
Alongside Erivo and Ronan in the best actress category are Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story, Charlize Theron for Bombshell and Renee Zellweger for Judy.
The nominees for best supporting actor are: Tom Hanks, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"; Anthony Hopkins, "The Two Popes,"; Brad Pitt, "Once Upon a Time.in Hollywood"; Joe Pesci, "The Irishman"; Al Pacino, "The Irishman".
Pugh believes that the "Frances Ha" actress should have been nominated at the Oscars for a movie that is so "unique".
The nominees for the upcoming Oscars were recently unveiled and people were expecting to see Gerwig's name in the group of directors nominated for the prestigious trophy. Some potential nominees included Greta Gerwig for Little Women and Lorene Scafaria for Hustlers.
Gerwig was the only woman nominated in the best adapted screenplay category.
Best animated feature film of the year nominees are How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, I Lost My Body, Klaus, Missing Link and Toy Story 4. All in all, the film was nominated for five awards, though didn't win any.
The 92nd Academy Awards will take place February 9 in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatre.