Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Women miss out again in all-male Oscars shortlist for best director

Women miss out again in all-male Oscars shortlist for best director

Lulu Wang, the director of "The Farewell", was also thought to have a shot at a nomination.

The nominees for the award are majority white and all-male. In the ceremony's 90 years of existence, the Academy has only nominated five female directors and awarded one: Kathryn Bigelow, who won in 2009 for The Hurt Locker.

Despite having been shut out in the run-up to the Oscars, "Little Women" director Greta Gerwig was still considered a frontrunner for an Oscar nomination, especially with the movie surpassing the box office milestone of $100 million worldwide.

The 10 nominations for The Irishman tied the most for a Netflix film, following Roma previous year. Here's a look at the women who've been nominated for the award - and the one woman who took it home.

In fact, the announcement was dominated by four films directed by and largely about white men, with Joker, The Irishman, Once Upon a Time.In Hollywood and 1917 each getting nominations in the double digits for a count that added up to a whopping 41 nominations.

Marriage Story, also from Netflix, received nominations for best original screenplay for Noah Baumbach and in the acting categories: Scarlett Johansson for best actress, Adam Driver for best actor, and Laura Dern for best supporting actress. He has won two Academy Awards, for his musical scores to the films The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Shape of Water, and received nine additional Academy Award nominations, including this year's nod.

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At the 49th Academy Awards, the Italian screenwriter and director made history by being the first female to be nominated in almost half a century.

Ten years later, Sofia Coppola was nominated for Lost in Translation in 2003.

Gerwig, who also wrote the script, earned an Oscar nomination for Adapted Screenplay as well as a Best Picture nomination.

The actress said she was asleep when the nominations were announced but admitted she left her phone volume on "in case anything were to happen".

Emma Watson in Little Women. The then 33-year-old made her solo directorial debut with the coming-of-age film, starring Saoirse Ronan, and she was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Eight years later, in 2017, Greta Gerwig was nominated for Lady Bird. All in all, the film was nominated for five awards, though didn't win any.

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