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Greta Gerwig is the fifth woman EVER to be nominated for Best Director at the Oscars

She directed Lady Bird - which starred Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan, Greta Gerwig, Laurie Metcalf | Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com

Greta Gerwig has become the fifth woman ever to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar.

The 34-year-old was the only woman nominated in the otherwise all-male field, made up of Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Jordan Peele (Get Out).

The director also landed a Directors Guild nomination and a best director nomination from the Critics’ Choice Awards for her feature directorial debut, Lady Bird, which stars Irish actress Saoirse Ronan.


Before Greta’s nomination, only four women had ever been nominated for the best director Oscar since the first Academy Awards in 1929.

Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties), Jane Campion (The Piano), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) and Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker).

Kathryn Bigelow went on to be the first woman to win the award back in 2010.

Mudbound director of photography Rachel Morrison has also become the first woman ever nominated for a best cinematography Oscar.

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