Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele Receive Oscar Nominations for Best Director

Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig were largely ignored at this year’s Golden Globes. Although both Get Out and Ladybird were met with critical acclaim and did amazingly well at the box office, neither filmmaker was nominated in the Best Director category. Gerwig was one of the contenders for Best Screenplay, but ultimately lost to Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). Ladybird did receive an award for Best Musical or Comedy though – an accolade Get Out was bizarrely also competing for.

Nevertheless, things are starting to look up for Peele and Gerwig, as both have received Oscar nominations for Best Director. They will compete against Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Paul Thomas (Phantom Thread) and Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk).

Gerwig is only the fifth female director to ever receive the prestigious nomination, joining Lina Wertmüller (Seven Beauties), Jane Campion (The Piano), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) and Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker). The only female filmmaker who has ever won the Oscar for best director remains Bigalow, who made history back in 2009.

Similarly, Jordan Peele is the fifth black director to ever receive an Oscar nomination. Although John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood), Lee Daniels (Precious),  Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) have all competed for the statuette in the past, no POC filmmaker has ever won the Best Director Award.
The 90th Academy Awards will be held on 4 March 2018. To see a full list of this year’s nominees, visit: https://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/2018