Issa Rae called attention to female directors being snubbed from this years Oscar nominees for Best Director like only Issa could.
While announcing the nominees on January 13 alongside John Cho, she chose four pointed words to summarize her feelings about the Best Director category. After reading the names of Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Todd Phillips (Joker), Sam Mendes (1917), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), the writer/director remarked, “Congratulations to those men.”
It was a statement that addressed an issue at the heart of the Oscars conversation: a lack of female nominees in the best director category. Amongst those snubbed this year included Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Alma Har’el (Honey Boy), and Olivia Wilde (Booksmart).
Gerwig did manage to a score a nomination in the Best Adapted Screenplay category, causing Rae to comment, “Greta done slipped in there.” If she’d been nominated for director, she would’ve become the first woman in the awards’ 90-year history to be nominated twice in the category. Her debut film Lady Bird led her to become only the fifth woman to ever be nominated for the prize, alongside Lina Wertmüller (Seven Beauties), Jane Campion(The Piano), Sofia Coppola(Lost in Translation)and Kathryn Bigelow(The Hurt Locker). Bigelow is the only woman to ever win Best Director at the Oscars. So only ONE WOMAN has ever won Best Director at the Oscars.
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