'Little Women' star Florence Pugh reacts to her first Oscar nomination

Greta Gerwig is one of just five women who have ever been nominated for a best director Oscar

"Congratulations to those men", Rae said.

Rae's brief but potent comment set social media ablaze, as many pointed out the year boasted numerous critically acclaimed films helmed by women. The contenders for one of Hollywood's most coveted awards include Bong Joon-ho for Parasite, Sam Mendes for 1917, Martin Scorsese for The Irishman, Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood and Todd Phillips for Joker.

Lina Wertmüller was the first woman ever nominated for Best Director, for 1977's Seven Beauties.

Had she been nominated, Gerwig would have been the first woman in history to be nominated for best director twice. Beyoncé's "Spirit" from "The Lion King" was absent from the original song list, Jennifer Lopez's role in "Hustlers" didn't receive any Academy accolades, and Awkwafina won't become the second Asian American nominated for best actress for "The Farewell".

The Academy Awards has a long and rich tradition of not recognizing female directors. The backlash was immediate after the nominations were read, with viewers flooding Twitter with angry messages directed at the Academy.

The 2020 Oscar nominations have been announced, and just as it is every year, the 24-category field of nominees is a maddenning mix of satisfying, infuriating, and simply baffling.

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But Ronan is hoping Gerwig's next movie will fare better. "Congratulations to those men ", she said with no trace of a smile. Unlike the remarkable debut of Jordan Peele Get Out, his second feature film Us did not break through with the Academy.

For an award ceremony that seems to pride itself on relevancy, this year's nominations are frankly boring.

Of course, this isn't the first time the 35-year-old has unashamedly rallied for Black folks at award shows. She did not take home the prize for Best Director, but did win for Best Screenplay. It walked away with six in total: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan has received her fourth Oscar nomination with a best actress nod for her role in Little Women.

Saiorse Ronan received a best actress nom and Greta Gerwig was snubbed for best director at the Oscars.

Though Gerwig was, by all accounts, snubbed for Best Director for Little Women this year, she was recognized in 2017 for Lady Bird.

For her part, the film's director herself is expressing no outrage or sadness at being overlooked for a directorial nomination.

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