There Are Way More Women Nominated For An Oscar Than You Might Think

There are some historic nominations for women in this year's batch of Academy Awards contenders.

Greta Gerwig, nominated for Best Director, is only the fifth woman to be so honored. Her film, Lady Bird, nominated for Best Picture, is the thirteenth female-helmed movie ever considered in that category.

Dee Rees, writer and director of Mudbound, is the second Black woman to be nominated for screenwriting. Rachel Morrison, the film's cinematographer, is the first woman nominated in that field. Mary J. Blige, nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song, is the first person ever to be considered in those two categories simultaneously.

Octavia Spencer, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Shape of Water, is the only Black actress to follow up an Oscars victory with two more nominations. With three nominations, she ties with Viola Davis as the most nominated Black actress in the 90-year history of the awards.

And with 21 nominations under her belt, Meryl Streep has extended her own record, leaving Katherine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson — tied in second place with a dozen each — in the dust.

But there are a lot more women, whose names won't make headlines, poised to take the stage on March 4. They are the documentarians, the producers, the makeup artists, the costume designers, the set decorators, the cinematographers — roles integral to the movie-making process but not as showy as say, Best Actress. You may not have heard of them before, but you know their work. And in a year where Hollywood has started to come to terms with a systemic power imbalance that has led to rampant sexual harassment and abuse, their contributions matter more than ever. If we're going to make real, lasting change, we need women at every level of the industry, not just in the spotlight or on the red carpet.

Scroll through for a list of all the incredible women whose achievements we can't wait to celebrate at the 90th Academy Awards — win or lose.

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Photo: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Call Me By Your Name

Emilie Georges — Best Picture (with Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, and Marco Morabito)
Photo: Courtesy of Netflix.
Mudbound

Mary J. Blige — Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Original Song

Taura Stinson — Best Original Song (with Mary J. Blige, and Raphael Saddiq)

Rachel Morrison — Best Cinematography

Dee Rees — Best Adapted Screenplay
Photo: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.
The Shape Of Water

Sally Hawkins — Best Actress in a Leading Role

Octavia Spencer — Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Vanessa Taylor — Best Original Screenplay (with Guillermo del Toro)
Photo: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Frances McDormand — Best Actress in a Leading Role
Photo: Courtesy of Neon.
I,Tonya

Margot Robbie — Best Actress in a Leading Role

Allison Janney – Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Tatiana S. Riegel — Best Film Editing
Photo: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.
The Post

Meryl Streep — Best Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger — Best Picture (with Steven Spielberg)
Photo: Courtesy of GKIDS.
The Breadwinner

Nora Twomey — Best Animated Feature Film (with Anthony Leo)
Photo: BreakThru Productions/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock.
Loving Vincent

Dorota Kobiela — Best Animated Feature Film (with Hugh Welchman and Ivan Mactaggart)
Photo: Courtesy of Disney.
Beauty and The Beast

Jacqueline Durran — Best Costume Design

Sarah Greenwood — Production Design

Katie Spencer — Set Decoration
Photo: Courtesy of Focus Features.
Darkest Hour

Lucy Sibbick — Best Makeup and Hairstyling (with Kazuhiro Tsuji and David Malinowski)

Jacqueline Durran — Best Costume Design

Lisa Bruce — Best Picture (with Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner,Anthony McCarten, and Douglas Urbanski)
Photo: Courtesy of Amazon Studios.
The Big Sick

Emily Gordon — Best Original Screenplay (with Kumail Nanjiani)
Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures.
Dunkirk

Emma Thomas — Best Picture (with Christopher Nolan)
Photo: Courtesy of A24 Films.
Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig — Best Director and Best Original Screenplay

Saoirse Ronan — Best Actress in a Leading Role

Laurie Metcalf — Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Evelyn O'Neill — Best Picture (with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush)
Photo: Courtesy of Focus Features.
Phantom Thread

Lesley Manville — Best Actress in a Supporting Role

JoAnne Sellar and Megan Ellison — Best Picture (with Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Lupi)
Photo: REX/Shutterstock.
Blade Runner 2049

Alessandra Querzola — Set Decoration
Photo: Courtesy of Negative Space.
Negative Space

Ru Kuwahata — Best Animated Short Film (with Max Porter)
Photo: Courtesy of Pixar.
Lou

Dana Murray — Best Animated Short Film (with Dave Mullins)
Photo: Courtesy of Focus Features.
Victoria &Abdul

Consolata Boyle — Best Costume Design

Lou Sheppard — Best Makeup and Hairstyling (with Daniel Phillips)
Photo: Courtesy of Le Pacte.
Faces Places

Agnès Varda and Rosalie Varda — Best Documentary (with JR Varda)
Photo: Courtesy of Frontllne.
Abacus: Small Enough To Jail

Julie Goldman — Best Documentary (with Steve James and Mark Mitten)
Photo: Courtesy of Netflix.
Strong Island

Joslyn Barnes — Best Documentary (with Yance Ford)
Photo: Courtesy of Kartemquin Films.
Edith and Eddie

Laura Checkoway — Best Documentary Short (with Thomas Lee Wright)
Photo: Courtesy of Rebecca Kiger/Netflix.
Heroin(e)

Elaine McMillion Sheldon — Best Documentary Short (with Kerrin Sheldon)
Photo: Courtesy of Traffic Stop.
Traffic Stop

Kate Davis — Best Documentary Short (with David Heilbroner)
Photo: Courtesy of The Silent Child.
The Silent Child

Rachel Shenton — Best Documentary Short (with Chris Overton)
Photo: Courtesy of Hamburg Media School.
Watu Wote/All Of Us

Katja Benrath — Best Documentary Short (with Tobias Rosen)
Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.
Baby Driver

Mary H. Ellis — Best S0und Mixing (with Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin)
Photo: Courtesy of Open Road Films.
Marshall

Diane Warren — Best Original Song ( with Lonnie R. Lynn)
Photo: Courtesy of Pixar.
Coco

Darla K. Anderson — Best Animated Feature Film (with Lee Unkrich)

Kristen Anderson-Lopez — Best Original Song (with Robert Lopez)
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