The 2020 Oscars Nominations Yet Again Shut Out Female Directors

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 14, 2020

In 2018, Time's Up's presence at the Golden Globes - where A-list actors wore black in support of victims of sexual harassment - put pressure on the film industry to question its sexism in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, with the Time's Up campaign getting a moment of attention at the 2018 Oscars too.

The 2020 Oscar nominations are officially out, and in an unfortunate yet unsurprising turn, no women were nominated for Best Director.

Notable omissions from the category this year are Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim), Céline Sciamma (Portrait Of A Lady On Fire) and Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers).

Immediately after sharing that news, Rae deadpanned, "Congratulations to those men".

And, as ever, Twitter is not. Meanwhile, there were also no female directors nominated at the Oscars in 2019, and although Greta was up for Lady Bird in 2018, she lost to Guillermo del Toro, who directed The Shape of Water.

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.

The film, which stars Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray, earned Coppola Best Director, Best Picture and Best Screenplay nods, making her the third woman nominated for the directing award. Let's hope next year's nominee list is more with the times.

The exclusion of Greta Gerwig's name has created a stir among people and a lot of celebrities are coming out in support of the filmmaker after she got snubbed in the Directing category of the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards. Little Women additionally received a Best Picture nod, with Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh also nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role, respectively.

Gerwig ultimately scored a nominations in the best adapted screenplay category.

"I think everybody is angry and quite rightly so. If we think about it like that, it's a weird blessing in disguise and it's only highlighting the importance of this story and the importance of men and women to go and watch it", Pugh said. Tom Hanks received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the movie, but Heller did not receive the Best Director nomination.

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