Issa Rae Calls Out Oscars For Snubbing Women In Best Director Category

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Rae's remark about the nominees resembles a comment from Natalie Portman in 2018. Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) has been the only woman to ever win Best Director in the Academy's 92-year history.

One user even invoked a Little Women meme.

"Before the moment. the exact moment", she captioned the shots, adding the hashtags, "nominated" and "for a f-king oscar!". While only a few directors managed to break through the noise of the Oscars ahead of the nomination announcement, some filmmakers have already attracted attention this season, including Gerwig, Lulu Wang, Marielle Heller, Chinonye Chukwu, and Kasi Lemmons and Melina Matsoukas.

"Little Women" scored six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan's performance as Jo March. "Beyoncé had been expected to score an original song nomination for "Spirit", from "The Lion King", but she wasn't feeling the love tonight (or this morning.) Those who made the cut included Erivo, a double nominee this year, for "Stand Up", and Elton John, for his "Rocketman" song "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again".

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Gerwig was the only woman nominated in the best-suited screenplay category. If a film about a gang of charismatic male scammers performed so strongly, wrote and directed as sharply, and earned just as much money as Hustlers, you could bet that that film would be a frontrunner. "If we think about it like that, it's a weird blessing in disguise and it's only highlighting the importance of this story and the importance of men and women to go and watch it", Pugh said.

Little Women producer Amy Pascal shared related sentiments to Deadline when she stated she was "extremely upset about [the directing snub] as a result of she actually deserved it". "This just kind of makes her more determined to do brilliant work and to keep pushing great work out there", she told Deadline.

There was one major question heading into the 2020 Golden Globes nominations: would the Academy nominate a woman for Best Director, or would it continue to snub female artists, as it did a year ago?

Writer Jenellicle Riley tweeted, "THE FAREWELL and HUSTLERS were two truly original, excellent and PROFITABLE films both written and directed by women and their total shut-out is discouraging".

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