From women breaking hideously old gender barriers, to legendary performers protecting their record-breaking streaks, there was no shortage of eye-popping nods that showed just how different this year's Oscars will be.
Bigelow is the only woman to win best director in the 90-year history of the Academy Awards. "The women who have been filmmakers who are both my peers and the ones who have come before me have meant so much to me, and they're the reason that I found the courage to do this", she expressed to the magazine. Four black actors received acting nominations: Kaluuya; Denzel Washington, for Roman J. Israel, Esq. I remember when Kathryn Bigelow won and what that felt like, and I feel like those women are the reason I was able to do this.
Hollywood's gender disparity was highlighted at this year's Golden Globes, when Gerwig was snubbed for best director and Natalie Portman introduced the category on stage by dryly stating: "Here are the all-male nominees". She also nabbed the Best Screenplay nomination.
Like Gerwig, Peele is also nominated for his directorial debut.
"It was something about watching her and watching her realize her movie that I thought, 'It's time, it's time".
The beginning of the award season last fall was mired in controversy: instead of pondering what films and performers might be up for top showbiz prizes, the focus turned to the sexual assault and harassment claims that have taken down once powerful men - most notably Harvey Weinstein, who was even expelled from the academy.