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These Female Directors Were Snubbed By the Oscars

Working behind the cameras to get the best movies done is often a daunting task. Historically, men have dominated that aspect of filmmaking and it is heartwarming that more women are being allowed to take up the challenge. Still, it is sad, however, that major award organizers like the Oscars continue to ignore the efforts of women working behind the scenes. 

Several female directors were ignored again for the award this year. Here are some really impressive female directors who were snubbed by the Oscars but we feel they deserve recognition for the acclaimed movies they directed during the period under review: 

Greta Gerwig (Little Women) 

Greta Gerwig had her solo directorial debut in ‘Lady Bird’, a 2017 coming-of-age film. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Gerwig was also nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. She came back last year with another wonderful movie, ‘Little Women,’ and it is a shame that she was ignored in the Best Director category for this acclaimed movie. She is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, however. 

Marielle Heller (A beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) 

Heller came into the scene in 2015 when she wrote and directed ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl.’ She has been involved in several other successful projects, including ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.’ The film, which chronicles an interview Tom Junod conducted with child entertainer Fred Rodgers, is an acclaimed project, yet the Oscars ignored the directorial excellence of Heller. 

Lulu Wang (The Farewell) 

Lulu Wang directed her first feature film, ‘Posthumous’ in 2014 and it was a successful project. In 2016, she wrote and narrated a story for This American Life, which is the same story that inspired her widely acclaimed movie, ‘Farewell,’ a movie that holds 99% critics consensus rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it is a shame the director is not considered for an Oscar. 

Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers) 

Lorene Scafaria has done a lot of scriptwriting in the past. In addition to being the director of ‘Hustlers,’ she wrote the crime comedy film based on a New York Magazine article from 2015. For such a critically acclaimed and commercially successful film, we feel Scafaria deserves an Oscar Nomination, at least. 

There you have it! Above are some of the female directors that were snubbed by Oscars. For their roles in the big projects above, these female directors deserve some recognition. For more female-focused articles, turn your attention to these female superheroes and their upcoming movies and television shows.