'Congratulations to those men': Issa Rae's quip sums up Oscar frustration

Brenda Watkins
January 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.

Issa Rae was NOT pleased to hear that not one female was nominated for Best Director at the 2020 Oscars. - Issa Rae introducing the Best Director category is a MOOD.

Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers) and Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood) had also been in the conversation. And perhaps the most notable missing name on that list is Greta Gerwig, whose Little Women adaptation was an unmitigated success at the box office, and which earned six Oscar nominations in other categories.

The lack of women in this year's nominations list is not going unnoticed.

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

And, as ever, Twitter is not.

In the history of the Academy Awards, only five female directors have managed to get a nod in the Directing category.

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Some watching the nominations host's sentiments summed up their feelings as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science snubbing women in the directing category yet again. Yesterday, she released a statement expressing her gratitude to the Academy for Little Women's six nominations, saying she is "brimming with happiness" that the Academy "recognized the collective effort" of the film's cast and crew.

Eight years later, in 2017, Greta Gerwig was nominated for Lady Bird.

It certainly wasn't all bad, though, and numerous year's best movies nevertheless got their fair due.

In total, 19 of the 20 acting nominees across both the leading and supporting categories for men and women were white, with only Erivo bucking the trend.

But now she's in the running for the most prestigious accolade, as well as still being in with a chance to take home a Bafta for her role as Jo March in Greta Gerwig's adaption of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel.

1917's 10 nods include best picture, best director, best original screenplay, best achievement in visual effects and best achievement in sound editing.

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