Greta Gerwig releases statement following Oscar snub

Greta Gerwig isn’t losing sleep after her name wasn’t mentioned among the Oscar nominees for the Best Director category.

Nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards were finally announced on Monday and backlash was louder than celebration across social media platforms. Massive snubs were made this year, as expected and fans made sure to express their displeasure. After ignoring performances from the likes of Jennifer Lopez to Awkwafina the outcry was deafening.

Among others, online users lamented how Gerwig failed to make the cut. Some see it as an irony given how her film “Little Women” garnered a nomination for Best Picture. But the director is completely chill about it despite all the noise. Gerwig addressed the matter in a statement posted on Twitter by Kate Aurthur:

While Gerwig has no problem with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ decision to leave her out, the cast of Little Women is fairly “disappointed.” Speaking to Deadline, Florence Pugh says, “I think everybody’s angry and quite rightly so. I can’t believe it’s happened again, but I don’t really know how to solve it. I don’t know what the answer is, other than we’re talking about it.”

Meanwhile, Saoirse Ronan — also the star of Gerwig’s debut feature “Lady Bird” — has this to say:

“I’m really happy that the Academy recognized [Gerwig] for Adapted Screenplay and Picture, and I feel like if you’ve been nominated for Best Picture, you have essentially been nominated for Best Director.”

Many have called out the Academy Awards’ tendency to leave female figures from behind the camera out of the nominations. This along with its long-standing history of leaving out people of color from receiving recognition.

Samantha Rigby
Samantha Rigby
Samantha is the head of content, lifestyle and entrepreneurial columnist for Best in Australia. She is also a contributor to Forbes and SH. Prior to joining the Best in Au, she was a reporter and business journalist for local newspapers.
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