Greta Gerwig's Best Director Oscar Nomination Ends All-Male Streak

2018 academy award nominations

2018 academy award nominations

Let that sink in: Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele - two first-time directors: one female, one black - are nominated alongside filmmaking stalwarts Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) for their work directing a horror film and humble coming-of-age tale far removed from standard Oscar bait fodder. But what set Gerwig apart from the other directors was that she is the first woman to be nominated in eight years, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Gerwig joins Linda Wermuller was nominated for Seven Beauties, Jane Campion for The Piano, Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation and Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker.

The director slept fitfully last night but finally woke up around 6:30 a.m.in Los Angeles, after nominations came out. Since the first woman was nominated in 1977, only five women have been nominated for directing. Meanwhile, star Mary J. Blige picked up a best-supporting-actress nod, as well as best-song nod (for the song "Mighty River", co-written by Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson); she is reportedly the first person to be nominated for best performance and best song in the same year.

Joining the Dublin native on the impressive Oscars nominees list this year also is the movie Breadwinner, which has been nominated for Best Animation Feature.

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Another woman made Oscars history Tuesday. The women who have been filmmakers who are both my peers and the ones who have come before me have meant so much to me, and they're the reason that I found the courage to do this. No African-American has ever won the Best Director Oscar. The National Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review also named her best director. The illogical nature of making movies is appealing to me as well.

Hearing the cheers from the press upon the announcement of "Mudbound's" nomination for Best Cinematography signaled the importance of Morrison's inclusion. Her face on the Oscar telecast as one of the nominees will serve as inspiration to women who may dream of following in her footsteps.

Congrats to Gerwig on her nominations!

Will Greta and the rest of Lady Bird get their well-deserved awards on March 4?

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