Trevor Noah addresses lack of female director nominees at Oscars

Brenda Watkins
January 17, 2020

Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and Bong Joon-Ho (Parasite). As Issa Rae pointedly nailed it when introducing the category for Best Director: "Congratulations to those men".

Rae, star of HBO's Insecure, is a writer, director, producer and actress. Gerwig is reportedly under consideration to direct the film as well.

Best supporting actor nominees are Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes), Al Pacino (The Irishman), Joe Pesci (The Irishman) and Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time.in Hollywood).

However, somehow the director of the film, Greta Gerwig, didn't receive a nomination for Best Director.

In a stirring moment in the trailer for the recent film adaptation of Little Women, the character of Jo Marsh (played by Saoirse Ronan) reflects on the frustrations of a woman's place in her world.

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For her part, the film's director herself is expressing no outrage or sadness at being overlooked for a directorial nomination.

The victor of the all-male Best Director category will be announced at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday, February 9. The absence yet again of any female directors in the category is glaring, but the snub of Gerwig, 36, who recently won the best directing award for Little Women from the National Society of Film Critics, is particularly noticeable. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science did not include any female director for this year's Oscars.

Gerwig ultimately scored a nominations in the best adapted screenplay category. So while Little Women has a whopping six Oscar nominations, there's still something that doesn't feel quite right. 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.

Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell), Laura Dern (Marriage Story), Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit), Margot Robbie (Bombshell) and Florence Pugh (Little Women) were selected for best supporting actress. Krysty Wilson-Cairns shared a nomination with Sam Mendes for 1917 in the original screenplay category.

"We are profoundly overwhelmed and honoured to have received all these nominations from the Academy, and to have made history by being only the third movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture that's written, directed and produced exclusively by women", producer Amy Pascal said in a statement Monday morning.

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