Greta Gerwig was unable to vote for herself for Best Director Oscar

Greta Gerwig was unable to vote for herself for a Best Director Oscar because she’s a member of the Academy’s acting branch. The 36-year-old first rose to fame as an actress in films such as Frances Ha, No Strings Attached, and Jackie, so when she was …

Greta Gerwig was unable to vote for herself for a Best Director Oscar because she’s a member of the Academy’s acting branch.

The 36-year-old first rose to fame as an actress in films such as Frances Ha, No Strings Attached, and Jackie, so when she was asked to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in 2016, she was invited as an actor, meaning she can only vote on the acting categories for the annual Academy Awards.

However, Gerwig recently moved into writing and directing with 2017’s Lady Bird and 2019’s Little Women, for which many hoped she would be nominated for Best Director. She was ultimately snubbed in the category in favour of all-male nominees, something which caused an uproar on social media.

In an interview with Variety, Gerwig said that while she had no expectations of being nominated, “there was clearly a chance,” and added, “There’s probably a handful of votes that went that way. I mean, mine did – oh no, I can’t!”

The filmmaker then explained that she was planning to switch branches from acting to directing and commented: “I think that the directors’ branch could probably stand to bolster its lady numbers… This will go to the top of my to-do list!”

Little Women received six Oscar nominations, including a nod for Best Picture. And Gerwig was also thrilled that her partner Noah Baumbach landed six nominations for his movie Marriage Story.

“It felt like it (the Best Picture nomination) was for everyone… So, there was a lot of ecstatic texting among the Little Women chain,” she continued. “Noah’s across the room, and he was like, ‘I got six too!’ I don’t know, it was an amazing day.”

Elsewhere, Gerwig confessed that she had been carefully monitoring the impressive box office performance of Little Women because she knows the takings dictate whether she gets another opportunity to direct, something she really wants.

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Natalie Portman: ‘No one would make Leon today’

Natalie Portman is convinced her breakout movie Leon: The Professional would never get made today.The Oscar-winning actress was 13 when she landed the lead role in Luc Besson’s 1994 action thriller, with the film also starring Jean Reno and Gary Oldman…

Natalie Portman is convinced her breakout movie Leon: The Professional would never get made today.

The Oscar-winning actress was 13 when she landed the lead role in Luc Besson’s 1994 action thriller, with the film also starring Jean Reno and Gary Oldman.

But while Natalie had a blast playing a protegee of an assassin on set, she’s not sure the idea of an ultra-violent movie based around a teenager would get greenlit in 2019.

“I appreciate it when something connects with an audience,” she said in an interview with Empire. “It also gave me my career on a platter and was a 100 per cent a positive experience. I loved doing it. But you watch and it’s largely inappropriate.

“There’s a lot of stuff in there that’s not amazing through today’s eyes. I think because people are still connected to it and care about it and I personally did not have anything but positive feelings, I still feel more on the proud side. Even though I totally understand, I don’t know how I’d show that to my kids.”

Natalie and her ballet choreographer husband Benjamin Millepied are parents to seven-year-old son Aleph and two-year-old daughter Amalia.

And while the star has achieved mainstream success for her performances as Padme Amidala in the Star Wars prequel films and features like Closer, Garden State, The Other Boleyn Girl, Black Swan and Jacqueline Kennedy biopic Jackie, she is adamant that Leon: The Professional is the flick that fans ask her the most questions about.

“It’s still the thing people come up to me the most on the street, even more than Star Wars or Black Swan,” the 37-year-old insisted.

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