This is why I think -- and have thought since they expanded the Best Picture category -- that they should expand the Best Director category as well, using the same weighted voting system as Best Picture. Under the current system, you can usually tell which films are the "real" Best Picture nominees and which ones are filled in, based on the lack of a corresponding Directing nomination. And before anyone mentions them, Argo and Green Book are the two recent exceptions that prove the rule. This doesn't mean that they have to automatically nominate all the Best Picture nominees for Directing, but if they had the same number of slots, at least it would be possible, and less easy to tell which ones they think are lesser. I think the solution to nominating more diverse talent is just to nominate diverse talent. However, I wonder if Gerwig being snubbed might prompt the Academy to open up the Director category next year. If they had had nine slots there, Gerwig would have gotten in. You shouldn't need to expand the category to honor women -- but if they want to honor women without sacrificing some men, which seems to be what they are saying, then expanding the category would be a way to attempt to do that.