Backlash Grows as Oscars Snub Women Directors Yet Again

Hollywood’s outcry is growing over Oscar nominations in the best director category, which again ignored women filmmakers on Monday.

Instead of recognizing Greta Gerwig for “Little Women,” Lulu Wang for “The Farewell,” or Marielle Heller for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences opted to honor five male directors.Many entertainment industry observers were disappointed, because it comes in a year in which women made historic strides behind the camera, directing a record number of blockbusters and acclaimed hits and calling the shots on everything from “Captain Marvel” to “Hustlers.” Despite that progress, only one of the nine best picture contenders — “Little Women” — was directed by a woman.

The film scored six nods in total, including best adapted screenplay for Gerwig.Florence Pugh, a best supporting actress nominee for “Little Women,” called out the Academy in an effort to eventually foster change.

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