Hollywood celebrities may preach diversity and inclusivity, but they seem to have trouble recognizing such things with their awards as this year’s Academy Award nominations for Best Director show.
Actress Issa Rae, who was helping to announce the Oscar nominations, took a dig at the recognition of the nominees by saying after their names were announced: “congratulations to those men.”
Issa Rae, after announcing the Best Director category: “Congratulations to those men.” pic.twitter.com/Sf8KHGRMGJ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 13, 2020
There’s little doubt that Quentin Tarantino, Todd Phillips, Martin Scorsese, Bong Joon-ho, and Sam Mendes created good films.
But it was an especially odd year for no females to be nominated for the Best Director Award since there were so many critically acclaimed films directed by female artists, including ‘Little Women’ from Greta Gerwig. Gerwig was arguably the biggest snub since her film earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress (Soairse Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Florence Pugh), Best Original Score, and Best Costume Design. With that many nominations, it was a bit of a surprise to see Gerwig’s name not pop up as a nominee.
“Little Women” got nominations for best picture, writing, acting, and was among the best reviewed films of the year and yet no directing nom for Greta Gerwig.
Kinda weird that all pieces are there, but I guess they were brought together in a vacuum.#OscarNoms
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 13, 2020
Updated Little Women:
“I’m so sick of people saying that DIRECTING is not what a woman is fit for.”
That said, huge congrats for the Greta Gerwig adapted screenplay nom + Actress, Supporting Actress, Score, Costumes…#OscarNoms pic.twitter.com/DNte5OIQ82
— Julie Cohen (@FilmmakerJulie) January 13, 2020
Other women directors seen as snubbed include Lorene Scafaria for ‘Hustlers’ and Merielle Heller for ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,’ a film which earned a Best Actor nomination for Tom Hanks.
Kathryn Bigelow remains the only woman to win a Best Director Oscar in the 92 year history of the Academy Awards, something some critics were quick to point out in light of the new nominees.
No matter how the Academy tries to diversify itself, it continues to have a serious problem with female directors. In the Oscars’ 91 year (!) existence, ONE woman – Kathryn Bigelow for the Hurt Locker – has won Best Director. I’d boycott if it weren’t my job to watch!
— Michelle Ruiz (@michelleruiz) January 13, 2020
Bigelow won the award for 2009’s ‘The Hurt Locker.’
To make matters worse, only five women total have been nominated in the Best Director category.
No Greta Gerwig for ‘Little Women,’ no Lulu Wang for ‘The Farewell,’ no Lorene Scafaria for ‘Hustlers,’ no Melina Matsoukas for ‘Queen & Slim’ no Marielle Heller for ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.’ Once again, the Oscars nominated five men for best director. #OscarNoms
— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) January 13, 2020
But I thought Hollywood was the inclusive and tolerant ones like the Dems… https://t.co/v6xPLFFPDq
— Lyrnn Carter (@lyrnncarter05) January 13, 2020
don’t think the academy knows that women besides greta gerwig direct movies and even SHE got snubbed for best director this year… this is hell, truly
— lucy (@letterboxdlucy) January 13, 2020
Whether the male nominees were actually more worthy of their nominations than the acclaimed female directors of the year is also up for debate. Martin Scorsese was nominated for a movie — ‘The Irishman’ — that has special effects outshined by a YouTuber using free software, and ‘Joker’ director Todd Phillips is earning plenty of criticism for being nominated for a film that is essentially one long homage to the work of Scorsese.
I will say there’s something darkly comic about Todd Phillips doing a shitty Xerox of Martin Scorsese movies and then getting more Oscar nominations than an actual Scorsese movie.
— Matt Goldberg (@MattGoldberg) January 13, 2020
Todd Phillips getting nominated over Greta Gerwig will be my Joker origin story.
— tylerthée huckabet (@TylerHuckabee) January 13, 2020
But still the choices seemed puzzling in the light of Hollywood’s self-promoted woke image making the Academy Awards a prime example of why diverse industry is nothing but a mirage.
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