Greta Gerwig Becomes Fifth Woman To Be Nominated For Best Director At The Oscars For ‘Lady Bird’

Greta Gerwig

by Rebecca Cope |

Greta Gerwig has become the fifth woman ever to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards, following in the footsteps of Lina Wermuller for* Seven Beauties*, Jane Campion for* The Piano*, Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker, the latter being the only one to have actually won.

Gerwig’s nomination comes just a few weeks after her close friend Natalie Portman made a pointed comment about the lack of female directors up for the same award at the Golden Globes, by announcing ‘the all-male nominees for best director are…’.

Her debut feature film Lady Bird is a semi-autobiographical tale of a teenage girl coming of age in Sacremento in 2002. It made history by becoming the first movie to ever get a 100% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Its star Saiorse Ronan has also been nominated for Best Actress, while Laura Metcalf, who plays her mother, is also up for Best Supporting Actress. Timothee Chalamet, who is nominated for Best Actor in Call Me By Your Name, has a memorable supporting role in the film too, as well as Lucas Hedges, who appears in Best Picture-frontrunner Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Meanwhile, it was also great news for Octavia Spencer, who has become the first woman of colour to be nominated multiple times following her Oscar win for The Help in 2012.

After the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of 2016, there were more nominees of colour in the acting categories, with Daniel Kaluuya and Denzel Washington nominated for Best Actor, and Mary J. Blige and Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress. Get Out’s director and writer Jordan Peele was also recognised in the Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Shape of Water, the surreal thriller from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, made history by picking up 13 nominations, equally Titanic’s feat in 1997.

The full list of nominees are below:

BEST ACTOR

Timothee Chalamet - Call Me By Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis - Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya - Get Out

Gary OIdman - Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington - Roman J. Israel, Esq

**BEST ACTRESS **

Sally Hawkins - The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand - Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie - I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan - Lady Bird

Meryl Streep - The Post

**BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS **

Mary J Blige - Mudbound

Alison Janney - I, Tonya

Lesley Manville - Phanton Thread

Laurie Metcalf - Ladybird

Octavia Spencer - The Shape Of Water

**BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR **

Willem Dafoe - The Florida Project

Woody Harrelson - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Richard Jenkins - The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer - All the Money in the World

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Sam Rockwell - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

A Fantastic Woman

The Insult

Loveless

On Body and Soul

The Square

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Edith + Eddie

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Heroin(e)

Knife Skills

Traffic Stop

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Faces Places

Icarus

Last Men in Aleppo

Strong Island

**BEST ORIGINAL SONG **

Mighty River - Mudbound

Mystery Of Love - Call Me by Your Name

Remember Me - Coco

Stand Up For Something - Marshall

This Is Me - The Greatest Showman

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

Coco

Ferdinand

Loving Vincent

BEST ADAPTATED SCREENPLAY

Call Me By Your Name - James Ivory

The Disaster Artist - Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber

Logan - Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green

Molly's Game - Aaron Sorkin

Mudbound - Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Big Sick - Emily V Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani

Get Out - Jordan Peele

Lady Bird - Greta Gerwig

The Shape of Water - Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor (story by Guillermo del Toro)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Martin McDonagh

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Dunkirk

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

**BEST DIRECTOR **

Christopher Nolan - Dunkirk

Jordan Peele - Get Out

Greta Gerwig - Lady Bird

Paul Thomas Anderson - Phantom Thread

Guillermo del Toro - The Shape of Water

**BEST PICTURE **

Call Me By Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

**BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY **

Bladerunner 2049

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Mudbound

Shape of Water

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Beauty and the Beast

Darkest Hour

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Victoria and Abdul

BEST SOUND EDITING

Baby Driver

Blade Runner

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Dear Basketball

Garden Party

Lou

Negative Space

Revolting Rhymes

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

DeKalb Elementary

The Eleven O'Clock

My Nephew Emmet

The Silent Child

Watu Wota / All of Us

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Blade Runner 2049

Guardian of the Galaxy vol. 2

Kong: Skull Island

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

War for the Planet of the Apes

BEST FILM EDITING

Baby Driver

I,Tonya

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST SOUND MIXING

Baby Driver

Blade Runner

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Beauty and the Beast

Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

BEST MAKE UP AND HAIR STYLING

Darkest Hour

Victoria & Abdul

Wonder

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