20 things that outnumber women nominated for an Academy Award – Best Director

Only five women had ever been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director: Lina Wertmüller (“Seven Beauties” in 1976), Jane Campion (“The Piano” in 1994), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation” in 2003) Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker” in 2010) and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird” in 2018) with Bigelow being the only female director to win. 

TITLE mentions 20 things that are actually more likely to win an academy award than female directors:

  • Emmy nominations for Harvey Weinstein for “Project Runway” with Heidi Klum

  • Academy Award nominations for Woody Allen as Best Director

  • Academy Award nominations for Martin Scorsese for making (excellent) movies about white men earning a living with violent crimes and treating women badly
  • Movies about boxing nominated for an Academy Award as best motion picture

  • Academy Award nominations for movies about divorce
  • Academy Award nominations for movies about the Vietnam War
  • Academy Award nominations for portrayals of Presidents of the United States
  • Academy Awards won by Rick Baker for best makeup
  • Cinderella movies titled “Cinderella”
  • John Hurt dying on-screen through exorcism, stomach-dwelling alien or by hanging
  • White Men who’ve played James Bond
  • White Men who’ve played Robin Hood
  • White Men who’ve played Sherlock Holmes
  • Men who have won an Academy Award, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award
  • Dwarves in “Snow White and the seven dwarfs”
  • Guys called “Dan Levy” working in the movie business
  • Glenn Close gets killed on-screen
  • Sex scenes with Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Bottles of beer in a sixpack
  • Basically everything else with more than 5 entries, items, episodes or whatever: 

“Little Women”, the new movie by Greta Gerwig is nominated for 6 Academy Awards – including best Motion Picture, best actress in a leading role and best actress in a supporting role as well as best adapted screenplay. But nevertheless Gerwig as a director hasn’t been nominated… 

Not so funny fun fact: Cynthia Erivo, the only woman of color nominated for best actress at the Academy Awards, is playing Harriet Tubman, a woman who freed more than 300 slaves. Oh the irony. 

Most satisfying thing you could do against this huge pile of shit and to support female directors? Watch some amazing movies by female directors made in 2019 like “The Farewell” or “Booksmart” currently playing in a movie theater near you that have been completely snubbed at the Academy Awards.