Trevor Noah Slams All-Male Oscar Directing Noms: "Where's 'Little Women'?"

"Did you know the movie directed itself?" the host joked on Monday's 'Daily Show' while reacting to the Academy nods and directing snub for Greta Gerwig.

Trevor Noah had a quick take on the Oscar nominations Monday: Little Women and Great Gerwig were robbed.

In a Daily Show segment on the Academy Award nominations, announced earlier in the day by John Cho and Issa Rae, the host immediately picked up on a comment made by Rae while unveiling the category for best director: "Congratulations to those men," she said. (The nominees included The Irishman's Martin Scorsese, Joker's Todd Phillips, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's Quentin Tarantino, 1917's Sam Mendes and Parasite's Bong Joon Ho.)

"Wow, Issa Rae, damn," Noah said in response. "You know you're in trouble when someone can throw shade by congratulating you."

Noah then said he agreed with Rae's comments, adding, "Those aren't just all male directors, those are all very male movies. Like, if you take out Parasite, women probably have 10 minutes of dialogue in all the other films combined." Indeed, both Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Irishman have come under fire for offering little dialogue to stars Margot Robbie and Anna Paquin, respectively, who play significant characters in both films. "There's no reason that women shouldn't have bigger roles in these movies," he continued, "Except for 1917, because women weren't invented until the '30s."

"Where's Little Women?" Noah asked. "Because I loved the movie. And also the Oscar voters loved the movie, which is weird," he said to loud applause. The host noted that Gerwig's adaptation of the beloved novel was nominated for six awards (best picture, best adapted screenplay, best actress, best supporting actress, best costume design and best original score), but Gerwig wasn't nominated as a director.

"How the hell does that happen? Two people were like, 'Yeah, what an amazing movie.' 'Yeah, did you know the movie directed itself?' 'Wow, that's incredible,'" Noah joked. The refrain of Little Women "directing itself" percolated Monday on social media, and Sony chief Tom Rothman also used the line in his reaction to the nominations list. "It's wonderful to see the movie [Little Women] receive best picture and for Greta to be nominated as a screenwriter, but the movie didn't direct itself and I would say that Greta is not a great female director, she is a great director," the exec told one outlet.

Noah congratulated Cynthia Erivo for receiving a best actress nom for Harriet, but noted that the role had her playing a slave: "Imagine if every white actor who was nominated got it for playing a supervisor at Whole Foods. Huh? White people, you're more than just that."

The host capped off the segment by joking that the biggest snub for him was in the film editing category: "How are you not going to nominate the guy who edited the Jeffrey Epstein security tapes?" he asked. 

Noah was hardly the only late-night host to address the demographics of this year's nominees. On The Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon joked, "You know there's a problem when female directors got the same amount of nominations as Cats." (Fallon also noted the lack of minorities nominated this year: In another moment, he said, "The nominees are so white that this year's Oscars are being held at Pottery Barn.")

On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, host Jimmy Kimmel said, "Nineteen of the 20 acting nominees are white people. No women were nominated for best director. That’s fewer minorities than in Donald Trump’s cabinet."

Kimmel then congratulated Scarlett Johansson for being both a first-time nominee and dual nominated for Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit, as well as Renée Zellweger for her best actress nomination for Judy. "Which as far as I know does not exist. No one I know has seen that movie," he said.

Late Night host Seth Meyers used the Oscar nominations to take a jab at Harvey Weinstein, who is currently on trial. "The Oscar nominations were announced today and best actor goes to Harvey Weinstein," announced Meyers before he shared a photo of the disgraced former movie mogul outside of the courthouse with a walker.

Conan O'Brien also discussed the nominations on his TBS talk show Conan.

After noting that Joker is up for best picture, the host said, "It's about a creepy misfit in white makeup, or as the critics are calling it, 'The Conan O'Brien Story.'"

The host later joked that three-time nominated film The Two Popes was "the worst romantic comedy I've ever seen." Stars Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce are up for best supporting actor and best actor, while the film also nabbed a best adapted screenplay nomination.

Jan. 14, 7:46 a.m.: This story has been updated with additional hosts' comments on the Oscar nominations.

Jan. 11:23 a.m.: This story has been updated with Conan O'Brien's comments on the Oscar nominations.