92nd ACADEMY AWARDS

Galling that women directors still overlooked

Little Women by Greta Gerwig (left) was shut out of the directing category despite six nominations while The Farewell by Lulu Wang (top) and Portrait Of A Lady On Fire by Celine Sciamma (above) have generated buzz at film festivals, but were ignored
Little Women by Greta Gerwig (above) was shut out of the directing category despite six nominations while The Farewell by Lulu Wang and Portrait Of A Lady On Fire by Celine Sciamma have generated buzz at film festivals, but were ignored by Oscars.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EPA-EFE
Little Women by Greta Gerwig (left) was shut out of the directing category despite six nominations while The Farewell by Lulu Wang (top) and Portrait Of A Lady On Fire by Celine Sciamma (above) have generated buzz at film festivals, but were ignored
Little Women by Greta Gerwig was shut out of the directing category despite six nominations while The Farewell by Lulu Wang (above) and Portrait Of A Lady On Fire by Celine Sciamma have generated buzz at film festivals, but were ignored by Oscars.
Little Women by Greta Gerwig (left) was shut out of the directing category despite six nominations while The Farewell by Lulu Wang (top) and Portrait Of A Lady On Fire by Celine Sciamma (above) have generated buzz at film festivals, but were ignored
Little Women by Greta Gerwig was shut out of the directing category despite six nominations while The Farewell by Lulu Wang and Portrait Of A Lady On Fire by Celine Sciamma (above) have generated buzz at film festivals, but were ignored by Oscars.

"Congratulations to those men," actress Issa Rae said drily, when she announced the yet again all-male slate of director nominees for this year's Oscars nominations announcement last month.

The 92nd Academy Awards, which took place on Monday, Singapore time, had given nods to Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes, Bong Joon-ho, Todd Phillips and Quentin Tarantino. Eventually, Bong took home the big prize and it was, no doubt, well-deserved and historic.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2020, with the headline 'Galling that women directors still overlooked'. Print Edition | Subscribe