Following the unveiling of the 92nd annual Academy Award nominations, outrage has erupted in various corners of social media and the blogosphere over the complete absence of women filmmakers in the Best Director category, sparking outcries of sexism and patriarchal oppression.
During the presentation ceremony, actress Issa Rae echoed the frustrations of many when she specifically congratulated “those men” nominated for their achievements in directing.
“Congratulations to those men,” Rae said in a sarcastic quip recalling that of actress Natalie Portman when she famously stated “here are the all-male nominees” at the Golden Globes in 2018...
People were quick to voice their frustrations on social media in response to the “patriarchy” scoring yet another win.
I'm not writing anything about the Oscars today because I'm off work with a fever, but these nominations can absolutely get in the bin.— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) January 13, 2020
The Academy is sexist & everyone just decided to ignore Tarantino's Weinstein/Thurman issues in favor of Hollywood nostalgia.
Excited for The Oscars ceremony when whomever the woman they get to present Best Director makes a comment about how all the nominees are men and the crowd all cheers like crazy and we all retweet it a million times and then absolutely NOTHING changes.— Carl Kinsella (@TVsCarlKinsella) 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