Other than the categories that are still, archaically, exclusively for women, like Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, the nominations gear towards the pale, male, and stale.
After Rae read out the nominations for best director, she quipped: "Congratulations to those men".
"The academy's unwillingness to nominate women directors is staggering", The Boston Globe's opinion columnist Renee Graham wrote.
The academy failed to nominate any women in a year saturated with acclaimed female-directed films, such as Lulu Wang's "The Farewell", Lorene Scafaria's "Hustlers", Céline Sciamma's "Portrait of a Lady On Fire", Melina Matsouka's "Queen & Slim", Alma Har'el's "Honey Boy", and Marielle Heller's "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood".More news: Scarlett Johansson has 'unfinished business' in new Black Widow footage
Yet, here we are, years later, and as the nominations are once again announced, critics and Twitter users are disappointed, complaining that the lists are too white - notably, the only actor of colour nominated in a performance category is Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman - and far, far too masculine. Take a look at the total checklist of nominations proper right here.
Lina Wertmüller ("Seven Beauties"), Jane Campion ("The Piano"), Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation") and Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") have also been nominated for best director.
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'Joker, ' a supervillian origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix, racked up 11 Academy Award nominations. It walked away with six in total: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing. 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.
Though Gerwig was, by all accounts, snubbed for Best Director for Little Women this year, she was recognized in 2017 for Lady Bird. Another fan favorite, Lupita Nyong'o, was also snubbed for her dual role in Jordan Peele's "Us". "This film is a testament to the brilliance of Greta Gerwig".
Four out of the five directors nominated are white men, save for Joon-ho (whose nomination for directing a foreign language film is certainly a massive accomplishment).More news: Pope Benedict XVI makes rare statement on priest celibacy debate