However, the two-time Razzie victor missed out on a nomination despite rave reviews for her work in the film.
And yet, here we are.
The 92nd Academy Awards will be broadcast live on February 9 on ABC.
Unlike years past, there wasn't just one film made by a (white) woman for people to champion - there were at least a dozen thanks to Gerwig (Little Women), Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), Alma Ha'rel (Honey Boy), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Kasi Lemmons (Harriet) Claire Denis (High Life), Olivia Wilde (Booksmart) Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir), Mati Diop (Atlantics) and Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre (The Mustang).
Only nine foreign-language films have even been nominated.
"That's only going to happen when we have more and more women in the positions of power". Both Little Women and Marriage Story have multiple nominations that include Best Picture, acting nods and writing nominations.
Add to that nominations for the achievement in cinematography, costume design, film editing, production design, and visual effects awards (along with a nomination for best adapted screenplay, which it shares with Joker), and Netflix has to be feeling good about The Irishman heading into the show.
Bong Joon Ho's Parasite is the first Korean film ever nominated for an Oscar - and it also makes history by picking up nods in a variety of prestigious categories beyond worldwide film, including best picture, best director and best original screenplay. On what planet is the screenplay for 1917 more deserving than The Farewell, Pain and Glory or Booksmart?
Director Todd Phillips said he saw Joker as "a character study to reflect the world around us". Did we mention that ScarJo has two nominations this year?
Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody won the most awards past year, picking up four prizes including best actor.
Another actress who fans were hoping would land a nomination is Jennifer Lopez.
Her stylists, Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, tied the dreamy look together with Le Vian jewelry and a Jimmy Choo clutch, and her beauty artists, Scott Barnes and Tom Bachik, gave her a deep-blue smoky eye and a princess-style updo to match the ensemble.
"Bombshell", the female-led drama which depicts the sexual harassment scandal that ousted Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes, was a surprise absence from the best picture list.