January 13, 2020

The Oscars have once again nominated no female directors this year by snubbing Little Women's Greta Gerwig, and Florence Pugh isn't happy.

Pugh spoke out on Monday after the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced and Gerwig didn't receive a Best Director nod. Only five women have ever been nominated for Best Director, and only one, Kathryn Bigelow, has won.

"It's incredibly upsetting," Pugh, who plays Amy March in Little Women, told Entertainment Weekly. "It's a shame that it's still a conversation."

Pugh also argued that Gerwig, and women in general, getting left out of Best Director field only reinforces the theme of the film.

"She's literally made a film about this," Pugh explained to EW. "She made a film about women working and their relationship with money and their relationship with working in a man's world. That's literally what Little Women is about, so [this] only underlines how important it is — because it's happening."

Little Women did receive six Oscar nominations, and Gerwig was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Pugh was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress, while Saoirse Ronan was nominated for Best Actress, and the film was nominated for Best Picture. Still, Gerwig wasn't able to secure a directing nomination, despite becoming the fifth woman nominated for Best Director with a nod for Lady Bird in 2018. The directing category this year instead consisted of Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips, Sam Mendes, Quentin Tarantino, and Bong Joon-ho.

Ronan also expressed her disappointment with the Gerwig snub, telling Deadline she was "scratching [her] head a bit" over it. And Little Women producer Amy Pascal told Deadline she, too, is "incredibly disappointed about [the directing snub]" because Gerwig "really deserved it." Brendan Morrow

2:11 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.