The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow and An Education's Lone Scherfig are nominated, as Women & Hollywood points out. Both movies got eight nominations, as did.... Avatar. Jane Campion's Bright Star failed to find much favor (or, um, favour). [Guardian"]
I do not understand how Bright Star continues to be ignored, particularly in a year with so few good movies. I thought it was wonderful. It's baffling. I guess we've already got 2 female directors up for awards this year, best not to push it.