• "Little Women" cast expressed that Gerwig’s exclusion in the category is a “big blow” for them
  • Saoirse Ronan believes that Gerwig is one of the "most important" filmmakers of all time
  • Florence Pugh said that she does not know how to solve the problem

The exclusion of Greta Gerwig’s name has created a stir among people and a lot of celebrities are coming out in support of the filmmaker after she got snubbed in the Directing category of the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards.

The nominees for the upcoming Oscars were recently unveiled and people were expecting to see Gerwig’s name in the group of directors nominated for the prestigious trophy. Unfortunately, they were left disappointed when the nominees were announced because Gerwig failed to find a place in that particular category for her stellar work in “Little Women.”

The stars of the movie were quick to react to the snub and noted that Gerwig’s exclusion in the category is a “big blow” for them. Saoirse Ronan, who has been nominated in the Best Actress category for “Little Women,” told Deadline that it is sad to see that Gerwig has not been nominated for such an amazing movie. She also noted that the “Lady Bird” helmer is one of the “most important” filmmakers of this generation.

However, she was really happy that the movie has been nominated in other major categories like Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay.

“I am really happy that the Academy recognized [Gerwig] for Adapted Screenplay and Picture. I hope when she makes her next perfect movie, she gets recognized for everything because I think she is one of the most important filmmakers of our time,” Ronan said.

The “Brooklyn” actress concluded by saying the snub does not mean that Gerwig should now take everything for granted. She will be back with more determination and more amazing stories. “This just kind of makes her more determined to do brilliant work and to keep pushing great work out there ,” Ronan said.

On the other hand, Florence Pugh, who has received a Best Supporting Actress nod for the film, revealed that it is a “big blow” for her to not see Gerwig’s name there, and she does not know how to solve the problem of women directors not being nominated at the Oscars.

Pugh believes that the “Frances Ha” actress should have been nominated at the Oscars for a movie that is so “unique.” She also explained that she does not have an idea on when the Academy is going to stop neglecting female filmmakers.

“I think everybody is angry and quite rightly so. I cannot believe it has happened again, but I do not really know how to solve it. I do not know what the answer is, other than we are talking about it,” Pugh said.  

In the history of the Academy Awards, only five female directors have managed to get a nod in the Directing category. Lina Wertmuller was nominated for “Seven Beauties” in 1976, Jane Campion for “The Piano” in 1993, Sofia Coppola for “Lost In Translation” in 2003, Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker” in 2009 and Gerwig for “Lady Bird” in 2017.

Bigelow is the only female filmmaker to ever win an Oscar for directing a movie. If Gerwig had been nominated, she would have created history by becoming the only female filmmaker to get nominated twice in the Best Director category.

Even after the snub, “Little Women” has received nods in six different categories, including Best Picture, Costume Design and Original Score.