Instead, the Academy went with all men, nominating Martin Scorsese for "The Irishman", Quentin Tarantino for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", Bong Joon Ho for "Parasite", Sam Mendes for "1917" and Todd Phillips for "Joker".
Noticeably absent from the list: women.
Parasite is also nominated for best worldwide feature film alongside Corpus Christi, Honeyland, Les Miserable and Pain And Glory.
On the other hand, Florence Pugh, who has received a Best Supporting Actress nod for the film, revealed that it is a "big blow" for her to not see Gerwig's name there, and she does not know how to solve the problem of women directors not being nominated at the Oscars.
Off the top of our heads, we're thinking of Little Women (Greta Gerwig), Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria), Booksmart (Olivia Wilde), The Farewell (Lulu Wang), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Marielle Heller), Honey Boy (Alma Har'el), and Harriet (Kasi Lemmons).
In the history of the Academy Awards, only five female directors have managed to get a nod in the Directing category.
And let's hear it for Kathy Bates, the oldest actress nominated this year, for her role in Richard Jewell. The two women found it unjust that Gerwig did not receive the Best Director nomination.
At the 49th Academy Awards, the Italian screenwriter and director made history by being the first female to be nominated in almost half a century.
Seventeen years later, in 1993, Jane Campion was nominated for The Piano.
Ten years later, Sofia Coppola was nominated for Lost in Translation in 2003.
Saoirse Ronan, who stars as Jo March, also earned a Best Actress nomination - her fourth total - while her costar Florence Pugh was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
In fact, after more than 90 years, only ONE woman has won Best Director at the Oscars: Kathryn Bigelow, who took home the honor for directing The Hurt Locker in 2009.
This year's Oscars will take place on February 9, the earliest date ever in the ceremony's 92-year history.
Gerwig has thus far been gloriously good-natured about the awards oversights, even in a season where she has often appeared publicly to support her colleague and partner, Noah Baumbach, as he promotes the movie he directed this year, Marriage Story.
Just telling the story makes Gerwig laugh; there's nothing self-righteous or scolding about her tone. Ever Academy Award nomination list has its set of snubs, and Little Women director Greta Gerwig was one.
Saiorse Ronan received a best actress nom and Greta Gerwig was snubbed for best director at the Oscars. All in all, the film was nominated for five awards, though didn't win any.