Clinton: Greta Gerwig 'should have been nominated' for best director
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Government funding bill butts up against deadline | Pentagon reports eighth military COVID-19 death | Trump, Pentagon collide over anti-diversity training push Voters split on whether Trump, Biden will win first debate: poll New Monmouth poll finds Biden with 6-point lead MORE is calling it a "shame" that no women were nominated for the Academy Award for best director this year.

"I loved 'Little Women.' So I thought [director Greta Gerwig] should have been nominated," Clinton said in an interview with Variety published Monday.

The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee heaped praise on the film starring Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep, saying, "I really thought [Gerwig] deserved it because I thought it was beautifully done. And the way that it was constructed, made the best use of the book."

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While it garnered nominations in six other Oscars categories, including best picture, Gerwig's movie wasn't among the nominees for the Academy Award for best director announced earlier this month.

The all-male slate of nominees included Bong Joon-ho, Sam Mendes, Todd Phillips, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.

"I think it’s really a shame, especially because there were so many notable films this year by women directors," Clinton, 72, said.

"And you know, I know they’re making an effort, and I applaud them for their effort. But I really hope that it’s not just an effort; it produces some results and the work that women are doing and the importance of it is recognized by the Academy every year," she added.

Kathryn Bigelow, who directed 2009's "The Hurt Locker," is the only woman to have won the coveted award for directing. Gerwig was nominated two years ago for her solo directing debut, “Lady Bird.”

The Academy Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it took steps to expand its voting body following the #OscarsSoWhite backlash in 2016, when no black actors were nominated in the four acting categories for the second straight year in a row.

The 92nd annual Academy Awards airs Feb. 9 on ABC.