Instead, the Academy went with all men, nominating Martin Scorsese for "The Irishman", Quentin Tarantino for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", Bong Joon Ho for "Parasite", Sam Mendes for "1917" and Todd Phillips for "Joker". Beyonce ("Lion King") missed out on her first Oscar nomination, for best song.
While the all-male domination of the category might suggest to some that female directors did not have as many creative opportunities, women helmed several highly-acclaimed films over the a year ago, between Lulu Wang's The Farewell, Marielle Heller's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Lorene Scafaria's Hustlers and Greta Gerwig's Little Women.
Taking to Instagram, the 24-year-old shared before-and-after snaps from bed upon learning she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her turn as Amy March in "Little Women", her first Oscar nod.
The 10 nominations for The Irishman tied the most for a Netflix film, following Roma previous year. As Issa Rae pointedly nailed it when introducing the category for Best Director: "Congratulations to those men".
Gerwig became only the fifth woman nominated for best director at the 2018 Oscars.
The nominees for best supporting actress are: Kathy Bates, "Richard Jewell"; Laura Dern, "Marriage Story"; Scarlett Johansson, "Jojo Rabbit"; Florence Pugh, "Little Women"; Margot Robbie, "Bombshell".
Even after the snub, "Little Women" has received nods in six different categories, including Best Picture, Costume Design and Original Score. The Hurt Locker was nominated for nine awards that year. The backlash was immediate after the nominations were read, with viewers flooding Twitter with angry messages directed at the Academy. "Greta, since she started, has made two flawless films, and I hope when she makes her next ideal movie, she gets recognized for everything, because I think she's one of the most important filmmakers of our time".
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 "Brooklyn" actress concluded by saying the snub does not mean that Gerwig should now take everything for granted.
As for Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh, the actresses were, naturally, disappointed to learn that their colleague and dear friend had not been nominated for her hard work as director on Little Women.