In an industry criticized for its lack of diversity, the Oscars picked only one non-white acting nominee - British star Cynthia Erivo, who plays USA anti-slavery icon Harriet Tubman in "Harriet". Erivo also obtained a second nod with the same film, in the original song category.
It seems that hasn't done much to address the issue.
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Little Women is the only film directed by a woman among the best picture contenders.
The Academy Awards has a long and rich tradition of not recognizing female directors.
The figure includes movie producers and technical categories such as best musical score, where Icelandic maestro Hildur Gudnadottir became the ninth woman nominated.
"That's only going to happen when we have more and more women in the positions of power".
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One actress, for example, whose name started trending as soon as the best actress category was announced is Lupita Nyong'o, who failed to secure a nomination for her dual role in Jordan Peele's Us.
In the history of the Oscars, only five women have ever been nominated for best director - including Gerwig, for 2017's "Lady Bird". Twitter users were especially enraged that Greta Gerwig was not nominated for directing "Little Women", the latest film version of Louisa May Alcott's classic 1868 novel.
Bong Joon Ho's Parasite is the first Korean film ever nominated for an Oscar - and it also makes history by picking up nods in a variety of prestigious categories beyond worldwide film, including best picture, best director and best original screenplay. "Knives Out" got a lone nomination for original screenplay.
Considering Joker was far from a critical favourite and divided audiences with its portrayal of an isolated loner, the Academy's overwhelming support for the film was unexpected.
Director Todd Phillips said he saw Joker as "a character study to reflect the world around us. Explore what we're seeing and feeling in society, from the lack of empathy to the effects of the absence of love".
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The blonde star had previously been nominated for the "Lead Actress" Oscar in 2018 for playing American former figure skater Tonya Harding in biopic, I, Tonya.