Bette Midler Responds To Lack Of Female Best Director Nominees By Suggesting A New ‘Osc-hers’ Awards Show

Early Monday morning, Issa Rae and John Cho announced the nominations for the 2020 Academy Awards, and Rae threw a bit of subtle shade at one category, in particular.

Reading the nominees in the Best Director category, Rae — an actor, writer, and director known for such projects as HBO comedy “Insecure” — listed the directors being honoured this year: Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”), Todd Phillips “Joker”), Sam Mendes (“1917”), Quentin Tarantino {“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”) and Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”).

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Pointing out the lack of female representation in the category, immediately after the nominees’ names were read, Rae quipped, “Congratulations to those men.”

Rae’s brief but potent comment set social media ablaze, as many pointed out the year boasted numerous critically acclaimed films helmed by women.

On Tuesday, legendary actress and singer Bette Midler responded to the lack of women nominated for Best Director by suggesting the creation of an alternative awards show.

Check out some more of the reaction on Twitter:

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