The Oscars this year will be witness to the recognition of women power in the film industry. This is because Greta Gerwig, a 34-year-old actress who has taken up direction, has been nominated in the category of best director for her film “Lady Bird.” She will become the first woman to get an Oscar nomination in this category since Kathryn Bigelow in 2010.

Sky News reports that Kathryn was the last female director to be recognized by the Academy in 2010 for her movie “The Hurt Locker.” In the history of the Academy, the honor of being nominated had gone to only three other female directors.

They were Lina Wertmuller for “Seven Beauties,” Jane Campion for “The Piano,” and Sofia Coppola for “Lost In Translation.”

The movies in reckoning

Lady Bird” is a drama plus comedy movie starring Irish actress Saoirse Ronan. It is also the directorial debut film for Greta Gerwig, and an honor for not only her but for the entire team. She took this occasion to heap praises on the lead actors Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, both of whom have given stellar performances.

The competition will be tough for Greta because her competitors are Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk,” Jordan Peele for his debut horror movie “Get Out,” Guillermo del Toro with his “Shape Of Water” and Paul Thomas Anderson.

Shape Of Water” has already bagged 13 nominations that include best picture, best actress, and best original script.

“Dunkirk” is a World War II epic and it has eight nominations to its credit mostly in technical categories. Then there are “Blade Runner 2049” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Obviously, the Oscars this year will be different.

The venue will be the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on March 4, 2018, and Jimmy Kimmel will be present to host the ceremony.

Hollywood must regain its lost glory

If Greta Gerwig wins the race and bags an Oscar for her “Lady Bird,” it will help to boost women power in the industry. Hollywood is right now struggling to come to terms with the scandals that have surfaced in recent times and tarnished its image. Skeletons are tumbling out of the cupboards at regular intervals, and accusations are being hurled by those who have been abused and exploited.

Women deserve respect and should not be treated as another commodity. A whole lot of revered celebrities of the movie world have been caught on the wrong foot doing just that. The time has come for the industry to ensure that Hollywood regains its lost glory.