Actor announcing best director Oscar nominees calls out all-male line-up in the best possible way

Sirena Bergman@SirenaBergman
Monday 13 January 2020 14:15

"Congratulations to all those men."

All. Those. Men.

It's what actor Issa Rae said in response to announcing the nominees for the Best Director category of the Academy Awards this afternoon.

Never has more perfect shade been thrown at an industry flouting its ingrained sexism in such a shameless way.

The nominees, for what it's worth, are:

Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)
Todd Phillips (Joker)
Sam Mendes (1917)
Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood)
Bong Joon Ho (Parasite)

Notable omissions from this list include Greta Gerwig for Little Women, Lulu Wang for The Farewell, Lorene Scafaria for Hustlers and Céline Sciamma for Portrait of a Lady on Fire – all critically acclaimed and commercially successful films with one thing in common: that they portray women's stories and were directed by women.

The nominations perfectly echo those at the BAFTAs last week, which were criticised not just for the all-male director line-up, but also for its all-white best actor nominees.

Progress? Sure, OK, if you say so.

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