Thomasin McKenzie's elegant rant about lack of female director Oscar nominees

Thomasin McKenzie has called out the lack of women filmmakers nominated for 2019 Academy Awards in an Instagram post liked by over 1000 followers.

The 18-year-old received international acclaim for her role in 2018 film Leave No Trace, including winning Best Breakthrough Artist at the US National Board of Review and being nominated for Best Supporting Female at the Independent Spirit Awards.

McKenzie missed out on an Oscar nomination this week, which she didn't comment on - instead speaking out about gender inequality in the Best Director category.

"2018 has been a standout year of beautifully diverse and insightful films, setting the bar for years to come," she said.

"Many of these films were created by strong female directors, none of whom have been acknowledged this year in the best directors category at the Oscars or at the Golden Globes."

McKenzie cited five films in particular whose female directors she thinks should have been up for more awards - Destroyer (Karyn Kusama), Can You Ever Forgive Me (Marielle Heller), Mary Queen of Scots (Josie Rourke), Private Life (Tamara Jenkins) and Leave No Trace (Debra Granik).

"These women don't need awards to validate their achievements, but we at least need to see them being nominated in order to continue taking steps towards a future where men and women stand equal," said McKenzie.

"This is what I feel, but it does not take away anything from this year's nominees who truly deserve their recognition. Congrats to you all."

The 91st Academy Awards will be handed out at a ceremony set to be broadcast in New Zealand on Monday, February 25.