After Kathryn Bigelow’s name wasn’t announced for Best Director during yesterday’s Oscar nominations, film and entertainment critics as well as movie lovers were outraged causing a vast social media discussion of why Bigelow was snubbed. Some mentioned sexism, the mostly male based Oscar voting body and the discussion of torture surrounding Zero Dark Thirty.
Here are some of the responses to Bigelow’s egregious omission.
“Kathryn Bigelow was robbed. So fucked up. #recount” – Megan Ellison, co-producer of Zero Dark Thirty
“Kathryn Bigelow was robbed.” – Alyssa Rosenberg, TV and culture critic at Slate and Think Progress
“So it seems the only individual successfully swiftboated this year was director Kathryn Bigelow. And therefore, for the 80th time in 84 years, all the Best Director nominees in 2013 are male.” – Jan Lisa Huttner at Huffington Post Women
“The Kathryn Bigelow thing is still so fucked.” – Willa Paskin, TV Critic at Salon
“I think I’m way more bent out of shape than is necessary a/b the omission of Ben Affleck & Kathryn Bigelow in the Best Director category.” – Retta, plays Donna on Parks and Recreation, expert film & TV live tweeter
“David O. Russell over Kathryn Bigelow, however, is a particularly harsh and bitter pill to swallow for me personally.” – Sasha Stone, editor of Awards Daily
“What, because you gave her an Oscar? The first woman to win an Oscar for directing in 78 years, you thought, you did it? It's over now? That's the end of women, we don't need to nominate them?" and “Did the old boys club deny Bigelow an Oscar nod bec she won for Hurt Locker. R they done with the fem thing? Once every 100 years, that's it?” – Peter Travers, film critic at Rolling Stone
What was your response upon hearing that Bigelow didn’t receive a nomination for Best Director?