Wow, the Oscars Really Did Greta Gerwig Dirty

For a dollar, name a woman.

Above: Greta Gerwig (far right) with the stars of 2019’s Little Women.

The nominations for the 2020 Oscars are here, and surprise, surprise: The Academy can’t name a female director.

Actors John Cho and Issa Rae unveiled the nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards in 24 categories early this morning. Leading the pack with 11 nominations is Joker, Warner Bros.’ latest DC Comics flick about the eponymous Gotham City villain (played by Joaquin Phoenix).


The Academy gave nine films the prestigious Best Picture nod: Joker, 1917, Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Marriage Story, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Parasite, and Little Women, a.k.a. Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig’s 2019 reimagining of the classic 19th-century novel.

Actress Saoirse Ronan—who portrayed Josephine “Jo” March, Little Women’s honorary queer icon—scored a nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and her co-star Florence Pugh, who played Amy March, nabbed a nom for Best Supporting Actress.


This year’s nominees aren’t super queer, although gay music icon and activist Elton John did get a nod for Best Original Song for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” from the Elton biopic Rocketman, with his co-composer Bernie Taupin. Renée Zellweger is also in the running for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Judy, this year’s biopic about Hollywood legend (and other gay icon) Judy Garland.

Meanwhile, legendary gay auteur Pedro Almodóvar scored a nomination for Best International Feature Film for Pain and Glory, a film loosely based on his life. Antonio Banderas, who stars in the film playing a version of Almodóvar, also scored a nomination for Actor in a Leading Role.

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Antonio Banderas in Pain and Glory.

Still, omitting Gerwig from the Best Directing category—all of this year’s nominees are men—feels especially odd.

We just have one request for the Academy: For a dollar, name a woman.

Tune in to this year’s Academy Awards on Sunday, February 9, at 8pm on ABC, and head over to the Oscars’ website for a full list of nominees. We’ve listed some of the categories below.

Best Picture
1917 (Universal)
Ford v Ferrari (Fox)
The Irishman (Netflix)
Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)
Joker (Warner Bros.)
Little Women (Sony)
Marriage Story (Netflix)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony)
Parasite (Neon)

Actor in a Leading Role
Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)
Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)

Actress in a Leading Role
Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)
Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)
Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)
Charlize Theron (Bombshell)
Renée Zellweger (Judy)

Actress in a Supporting Role
Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell)
Laura Dern (Marriage Story)
Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)
Florence Pugh (Little Women)
Margot Robbie (Bombshell)

Actor in a Supporting Role
Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood)
Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes)
Al Pacino (The Irishman)
Joe Pesci (The Irishman)
Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Bong Joon Ho (Parasite)
Sam Mendes (1917)
Todd Phillips (Joker)
Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)
Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Best International Feature Film
Corpus Christi (Jan Komasa)
Honeyland (Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov)
Les Misérables (Ladj Ly)
Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar)
Parasite (Bong Joon Ho)

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