Issa Rae Shades All-Male Best Director Oscar Nominees

Issa Rae stands up for female filmmakers all around the world.

Early Monday morning, the “Insecure” actress — along with actor John Cho — presented the nominations for the 2020 Academy Awards.

However, after reading the honorees for Best Director, the HBO star made a quick jab about the lack of female representation.

“Congratulations to those men,” the 35-year-old quipped.

While Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”) and Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”) received acclaim for their direction, Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”), Todd Phillips (“Joker”), Sam Mendes (“1917”), Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”) and Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”) ended up making the list.

Gerwig did, however, snag a nod for Best Adapted Screenplay for her take on Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel.

Rae’s remark echoes Natalie Portman’s dig at the 2018 Golden Globes when she presented the male-dominated Best Director category.

“Here are all the male nominees,” she said about honorees Ridley Scott (“All the Money in the World), Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), Steven Spielberg (“The Post”) and winner Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”).

To this day, Kathryn Bigelow (2008’s “The Hurt Locker”) is the only woman to win Best Director in the ceremony’s 90-year history.


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