The contenders for one of Hollywood's most coveted awards include Bong Joon-ho for Parasite, Sam Mendes for 1917, Martin Scorsese for The Irishman, Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood and Todd Phillips for Joker.
Noticeably absent from the list: women.
The five nominees for Best Director also represent the leaders in the overall nomination count.
Off the top of our heads, we're thinking of Little Women (Greta Gerwig), Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria), Booksmart (Olivia Wilde), The Farewell (Lulu Wang), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Marielle Heller), Honey Boy (Alma Har'el), and Harriet (Kasi Lemmons). Because despite the new adaptation getting a Best Picture nod and a slew of other major nominations, Gerwig wasn't on the list for Best Director- no woman was.
Despite massive films from the past year being directed by women, not one female was recognized in the category. The same issue was buzzed-about when it came to the Golden Globes earlier this month, as not one female director was nominated at that show, either.More news: Giant tortoise Diego to return home after captive breeding program
The stars of the movie were quick to react to the snub and noted that Gerwig's exclusion in the category is a "big blow" for them. The 71-year-old was last nominated 17 years ago for a supporting role in About Schmidt, and was a leading-actress victor in 1991 for Misery.
Bigelow is the only female filmmaker to ever win an Oscar for directing a movie.
At the 2017 Emmys, Issa told a reporter that she was only looking for Black folks to take home trophies at the ceremony.
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.More news: Islanders Fall In Overtime To Bruins 3-2
Gerwig has thus far been gloriously good-natured about the awards oversights, even in a season where she has often appeared publicly to support her colleague and partner, Noah Baumbach, as he promotes the movie he directed this year, Marriage Story. It walked away with six in total: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.
Just telling the story makes Gerwig laugh; there's nothing self-righteous or scolding about her tone.
For costume design the nominated films are Jojo Rabbit, Once Upon A Time.
In the weeks before the release of Greta Gerwig's luminous and superbly crafted Little Women, film wonks on social media wondered aloud about its chances: Did the world really need another adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's 1869 novel?More news: Girl, 7, dead, brother, 4, missing after OR family swept into ocean