Women directors

The good news is that Green Book director and renowned penis-flasher Peter Farrelly was snubbed in the directing category, suggesting that maybe all that controversy did hurt the film’s Oscar chances. The bad news is that no women filmmakers were nominated, proving once again that the Oscars are, well, quite bad!

It’s not as if there weren’t any great women directors to choose from: Debra Granik (Leave No Trace), Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Chloe Zhao (The Rider), and Tamara Jenkins (Private Life) are just a few of many that deserved a nomination.

And with Hollywood becoming even less gender diverse than it already was, this problem is unlikely to go away any time soon.

Bo Burnham

While it’s disappointing, it’s not a complete surprise that Bo Burnham, the young writer-director of the dramedy Eighth Grade, was not nominated for writing or directing.

What really stings is the fact that he was left out of an original screenplay category that included Nick Vallelonga, one of the Green Book screenwriters who himself was embroiled in some controversy last week when a tweet of his resurfaced echoing Donald Trump’s debunked, racist conspiracy theory that he witnessed Muslims cheering during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Also, the Green Book screenplay wasn’t very good, and Eighth Grade‘s was. So there’s that.

Burnham, who’s only 28, will probably have more opportunities down the road to take home a statuette, but that doesn’t make this one any easier to swallow.

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