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Greta Gerwig on the set of Lady Bird
Greta Gerwig on the set of Lady Bird
2018 Oscars: A Record for Women Nominations

In the midst of a media firestorm about sexual harassment, unequal pay, and a lack of diversity both in front of and behind the camera, the 2018 Academy Award nominations offer a glimmer of hope.

A total of 48 women were nominated across the Oscar categories this year - tying the 2018 awards with the 2016 ceremony for the most female nominees in one year.

Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig, after being notably snubbed at the Golden Globes despite stellar reviews from critics, is the fifth woman to be ever nominated for a directing Oscar. The previous four: Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties (1976); Jane Campion for The Piano (1993); Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation (2003); and Kathryn Bigelow, who won the award for The Hurt Locker (2009).

Lady Bird is the 13th film directed by a woman to be nominated for Best Picture and the fourth movie written and directed by women to receive nominations both for best picture and writing.

In the original screenplay category, there were two other women nominated besides Gerwig: Emily V. Gordon for The Big Sick and Vanessa Taylor for The Shape of Water.

Mary J. Blige and Dee Rees on the set of Mudbound
Mary J. Blige and Dee Rees on the set of Mudbound
Mudbound
also brought some big firsts. DP Rachel Morrison is the first woman nominated for cinematography, and Dee Rees s is the first Black woman nominated for adapted screenplay. Mary J. Blige not only earned her first acting Oscar nomination for Mudbound but was also nominated for original song, "Mighty River," from the film.

You can see a more in-depth breakdown of the nominations for women in USA Today.

There is still a long way to go. No women of color were nominated for Best Director or Best Picture - despite initial buzz and acclaim for Mudbound's Dee Rees. And while 48 women were nominated this year, that's out of of a total of 216, meaning only 22% of nominees are women.

Will they win? Only time will tell. But the nominations show Hollywood may finally be ready to give women their due. #TimesUp




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