It seems a particularly glaring omission this year with Greta Gerwig's Little Women in the running — a film that earned nominations in categories like Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Lead Actress, Supporting Actress, Costume Design and Original Score.
Gerwig recently spoke out about her similar snub in the Golden Globe nominations. Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week, she recounted meeting a number of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association before the ceremony, who all claimed to have voted for her.
"Well, you didn't," she said jokingly (but also truthfully). "I didn't get nominated. So maybe one of you did, but it's not possible that all of you did."
Other films directed by women that have been overlooked in the directing categories during this awards season include Olivia Wilde's Booksmart, Lulu Wang's The Farewell, Kasi Lemmons's Harriet, Marielle Heller's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Melina Matsoukas's Queen and Slim and Lorene Scafaria's Hustlers, to name just a few.
See some of the less than enthusiastic Twitter responses to the Oscars' Best Director nominees below.
"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.— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 13, 2020
Kinda weird that all pieces are there, but I guess they were brought together in a vacuum.#OscarNoms
So you're telling me that not only could the Oscars not nominate any female directors but they also failed to nominate Awkwafina, J.Lo, or even Lupita? Glad to see the Academy is up to their same bullshit #OscarNoms pic.twitter.com/fzYmYXbwMf— The Petty Mess (@ThePettyMess_) January 13, 2020
tfw Florence Pugh perfectly describes why it's ridiculous that Greta Gerwig wasn't nominated for an Oscar for directing Little Women — a category wherein only men were nominated — and a movie about women's work not being deemed as valuable or important as men's work. pic.twitter.com/XCYjHIcsiP— Lane Moore (@hellolanemoore) January 13, 2020
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach at breakfast this morning hearing the name "Todd Phillips" pic.twitter.com/3qOG4agF6Z— bkr (@bkrewind) January 13, 2020
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
the lighthouse, the farewell, awkawafina, greta gerwig, uncut gems, adam sandler, eddie murphy, jlo, hustlers, knives out, rocketman.... pic.twitter.com/ApXUsNwb7t— marilia (@fleabrg) January 13, 2020
When The Oscars voting body is overwhelmingly white,male and with an average age of near the grave we really have to question what validation from them even means. Filmmakers like Lulu Wang,Alma Harel,Mati Diop and Greta Gerwig made the films that moved me this year not clownman— Nigarette (@attackontima) January 13, 2020
Ocean's Nine where JLo joins the squad (Awkwafina is already there) and the ladies steal Oscars from straight white men who don't deserve them.— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) January 13, 2020
Directed by Greta Gerwig.
Good morning to all women directors but especially Greta Gerwig, Lulu Wang, Lorene Scafaria, Melina Matsoukas, and Marielle Heller— The Wing (@the_wing) January 13, 2020
If a male director had picked up a male-authored classic novel, one in which millions of men worldwide had invested their sense of self, and he had NONETHELESS breathed the fresh innovative life into it that Greta Gerwig has done with #LittleWomen, he'd be on this list #OscarNoms https://t.co/tTmK2nYdKk— KateMaltby (@KateMaltby) January 13, 2020
Lulu Wang— Hanna Ines Flint (@HannaFlint) January 13, 2020
Loved every one of their films in 2019. They are best directors to me.