Getting The Oscar Nomination is such a big deal for folks in the film industry, working their arses off to be on the face of the world. But not a single woman was nominated for Best Director, even though many of the year’s most acclaimed movies were directed by women. This is the second year in a row that the Oscars shut out female directors in its nominations on Monday.
Only five women have ever been nominated for best director at the Academy Awards. In the Academy Award’s 92-year history, only five women have made it onto the ballot — Lina Wertmuller for 1976′s “Seven Beauties”, Jane Campion for 1993′s “The Piano”, Sofia Coppola for 2003′s “Lost in Translation”, Kathryn Bigelow for 2009′s “The Hurt Locker” and Greta Gerwig for 2017′s “Lady Bird”.
Greta Gerwig was not nominated for directing Little Women, despite the film getting six other nominations, including Best Picture, Costume Design, Score, and Actress in a Leading and a Supporting Role. The Academy has been in the spotlight for its many snubs and has been repeatedly called out for having disproportionately white and male nominees and winners.
Many fans were heartbroken when Jennifer Lopez whom they felt deserved a nomination for her role in Hustlers. Even Queen B was not nominated for Best Original Song for “Spirit,” which she wrote and performed for The Lion King.
— Shawn Reynolds (@ShawnGReynolds) January 13, 2020
Lack of female directors has been a sore spot for many in recent years. In 2016, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite went viral after black-skinned actors not were nominated for Best Leading or Supporting Actor, which saw many celebrities boycotted the awards show that year.
These 2020 Nominations have sparked anger and disappointment, with many people wondering how the field of nominees could still be so regressively male-dominated.