Immediately after sharing that news, Rae deadpanned, "Congratulations to those men".
To many, the statement recalled the one made by Natalie Portman on the Oscars stage two years ago, when she introduced the category saying, "And here are the all-male nominees". The list is chosen by industry professionals who make up the "Academy voters", and - as has been reported in the past - those voters are predominantly white, which could account for why directors and actors of colour are often snubbed.
Had Gerwig been nominated for Best Director, she would have become the only woman to be nominated in the category twice. In the weeks since its release, Little Women has continued to make money, and many of those who have seen the picture feel a fierce affection for it.
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The only woman to win the best director Oscar is Kathryn Bigelow, who triumphed in 2010 with The Hurt Locker.
Saiorse Ronan received a best actress nom and Greta Gerwig was snubbed for best director at the Oscars.
No women have been nominated in the category this year.
The Academy Awards has a long and rich tradition of not recognizing female directors.
Best adapted screenplay is between The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Joker, Little Women and The Two Popes. Saoirse Ronan is referencing Greta Gerwig's movies Little Women and Lady Bird, both of which she starred in. Little Women was also nominated for best original score and best costume design.
The stars of the movie were quick to react to the snub and noted that Gerwig's exclusion in the category is a "big blow" for them. Krysty Wilson-Cairns shared a nomination with Sam Mendes for 1917 in the original screenplay category. The backlash was immediate after the nominations were read, with viewers flooding Twitter with angry messages directed at the Academy.
The Greta Gerwig-directed film earned $107 million internationally with a total of $74 million earned at the domestic box office, according to Box Office Mojo.