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Oscars Shut Out Women in Best Director Category Again

Oscar Nominations Presenter Issa Rae Calls Out Female Directors Snub Congrats to 'Those Men' Oscars Shut Out Women in Best Director Category Again
Adrian Cunningham | 14 January, 2020, 10:09

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. "Just watch." I didn't even consider a need to assert Jennifer Lopez's nomination because I couldn't fathom them snubbing her. After reading off the list, nominations presenter Issa Rae, absolutely dripping in sarcasm, quipped: "Congratulations to those men".

Rae's remark elicited laughs among those in the theater where the nominations were announced.

Though Gerwig was, by all accounts, snubbed for Best Director for Little Women this year, she was recognized in 2017 for Lady Bird.

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

Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and Bong Joon-Ho (Parasite).

This morning's 92nd Academy Award nominations were a wasted opportunity to honour a year in which one of the few hopeful narratives in this burning world was that the push for diversity in cinematic storytelling seemed to actually be paying off. Though director Greta Gerwig scored a nod for Best Adapted Screenplay, she was shut out of the Best Director category. Krysty Wilson-Cairns shared a nomination with Sam Mendes for 1917 in the original screenplay category.

David Pastrnak delivers eighth career National Hockey League hat trick
The effort paid off with Jake DeBrusk lighting the lamp for the third time in two games to even things up at 8:33 of the second. National Hockey League goal leader Pastrnak was left alone in the slot to tie it late in the first with his 33 of the year.

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

Bigelow is the only woman to win best director in the 90-year history of the Academy Awards.

There were some surprises. Also overlooked was Frozen 2, the highest grossing animated film ever; Beyonce, for her Lion King song; or the hit documentary Apollo 11.

This image released by Sony Pictures shows Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and Brad Pitt in a scene from "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood". The only actor of color nominated was Cynthia Erivo, the British actress, for her Harriet Tubman in Harriet.

The 92nd Annual Academy Awards will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 9 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.