In the five years since the start of the #OscarsSoWhite campaign - following a 2015 Oscar nomination slate that included not a single person of color in any of the four acting categories and only one in the directing categories - the academy has significantly diversified its overwhelmingly white male membership. Issa Rae, who announced the nominees with John Cho, put it perfectly when she said, "Congratulations to those men".
Rae's remark elicited laughs among those in the theater where the nominations were announced.
For her part, the film's director herself is expressing no outrage or sadness at being overlooked for a directorial nomination. Saoirse Ronan, who has been nominated in the Best Actress category for "Little Women", told Deadline that it is sad to see that Gerwig has not been nominated for such an incredible movie. But to me, Greta, since she started, has made two ideal films, and I hope when she makes her next flawless movie, she gets recognized for everything, because I think she's one of the most important filmmakers of our time.
The Academy Awards has a long and rich tradition of not recognizing female directors.
1917's 10 nods include best picture, best director, best original screenplay, best achievement in visual effects and best achievement in sound editing. The actress took to Instagram and shared before-and-after pictures from the morning she received the news of her nomination. While the fans were rooting for Greta to feature in the list of academy awards nominations for directing Little Women, the female director could not make it to the race.
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The only woman to win the best director Oscar is Kathryn Bigelow, who triumphed in 2010 with The Hurt Locker.
Sir Elton and Taupin earned a nomination for best original song for (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman and are up against tracks from Toy Story 4, Breakthrough and Frozen 2. And now the cast of Little Women have broken their silence on the subject.
Gerwig was the only woman nominated in the best adapted screenplay category.
I'm really happy that the Academy recognized [Gerwig] for Adapted Screenplay and Picture, and I feel like if you've been nominated for Best Picture, you have essentially been nominated for Best Director. "She is the most brilliant creative talent working in our industry today, and we are thrilled that she and our attractive film have been recognised".