Greta Gerwig Is Only the Fifth Woman Ever to Get a Best Director Oscar Nomination

Kathryn Bigelow remains the only woman to ever win the award
Greta Gerwig Is Only the Fifth Woman Ever to Get a Best Director Oscar Nomination
The Oscars released their surprisingly not-totally-rage-inducing list of nominees earlier this morning, and Greta Gerwig's name was amongst the most notable to appear.
 
The Lady Bird filmmaker earned a Best Director nod, making her just the fifth woman to be nominated in the category in the Academy Awards' 90-year history.
 
The previous female filmmakers who earned the same recognition were Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties (1975), Jane Campion for The Piano (1993), Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation (2003) and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2008). The latter won for both Best Picture and Best Director, making Bigelow the only female to ever win for either category.
 
Last year, Gerwig spoke to Exclaim! about the importance of bringing female-driven stories to life onscreen and empowering women to create the films that tell those stories.
 
"I don't think it's changed yet, but it's not because there aren't people who are willing to do the changing," she said. "Hire them. Make their movies. Put them in positions of power."
 
She added, "Sometimes people talk about female filmmakers as if it's an act of charity. It's not charity, it's money. There's an audience that will spend money to go see these stories. It's not something that's out of an altruistic act. I think movie studios should do it because of their bottom line."
 
This year's Oscar nominations also broke ground in Best Cinematography, making Rachel Morrison the first female cinematographer to ever be included in the category for her work on Mudbound.
 
Below, see some of the reactions to the history-making nominations from Twitter.
 
Revisit the complete list of 2018 Oscar nominees here.