The Bigger the Film the Fewer the Women

I guess we already know that sexism is pretty rife in Hollywood but some new research confirms this.

oscarsThis ‘shocking’ research finds that women represented only 4.4 per cent of the directors of the 100 biggest box office films of each year between 2002 and 2012

Thursday sees the unveiling of the Oscar nominations but don’t hold your breath for a a gender equality in that list. There will be few women in charge represented, as this extract from The Independent newspaper reveals:

 Though 2013’s crop of potential winners has been hailed for including several films with female producers, concerns remain that, in its upper echelons, the business is an unreformed “boy’s club”. Ahead of the 86th Academy Awards, recent research has highlighted shockingly few women among the directors of the highest grossing films of the past 10 years.

The fight for women’s place at the top of Hollywood’s hierarchy appeared to have been won when Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Best Director Oscar, for The Hurt Locker in 2010. She was, however, only the fourth woman to be nominated for the award in the academy’s history, and none has joined her on the list since.

Of the 10 films most likely to make the shortlist for Best Picture this year, six have women on the producing team – and, in the cases of American Hustle and Her, the same woman, Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty collaborator Megan Ellison.

But it is unlikely that anyone will be joining Bigelow on the desperately shortlist of nominated women directors.

And while the Producers Guild of America has announced that nearly half (47 per cent) of its 6,000 members are now women, the organisation has said it is “shocked” by research carried out by the Sundance Institute and Los Angeles-based Women in Film organisation, which found that women represented only 4.4 per cent of the directors of the 100 biggest box office films of each year between 2002 and 2012.

The figures also suggested that the bigger the budget of a film, the less likely it was to have a female director.

Last year there was a lot of controversy around The Academy Awards when host, Seth MacFarlane, creator of the cartoon comedy Family Guy, made derogatory remarks about singer Adele’s weight as well as other sexist remarks about actress Jennifer Aniston. The best that can be said for that is he didn’t get many laughs, because, believe it or not, sexism isn’t really funny.

This year The Academy looks like it wants to make amends and has chosen television host Ellen DeGeneres, a vocal campaigner for LGBT equality, to front this year’s ceremony. I doubt she’ll be making stupid boob jokes or failing to notice the inequality of the nominations.

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Posted on January 13th, 2014 by

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