Got this email and video from Melissa Silverstein, founder and editor of one of my favorites blogs, Women and Hollywood:
It’s that time of year, The Academy Awards, the “Super Bowl for Women.” It’s the night where we all get catty about whose dress doesn’t work, who has a new boyfriend or girlfriend, and who looks like they haven’t eaten all month.
Because the world is paying attention to Hollywood in a bigger way this week there is an opportunity to raise awareness about gross inequities in the business. So we here at Women and Hollywood are taking this opportunity to say that THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE WOMEN CONSIDERED FOR BEST DIRECTOR.
Here is a short video (it’s only a little over a minute) highlighting some of the women directed films from this past year that were passed over. We’re not trying to say that all of them should have been nominated (though we think a couple of them should have), what we are trying to say is that we have to find a way to get women directors into these conversations.Please feel free to use this video:Embed: http://ahref=Post on Women and Hollywood: To the Academy: Consider the Women
Just to being home the point a little bit more, here are the stats:
- In 2011, only 5% of the top grossing films in Hollywood were directed by Women. The number has decreased since 1998.
- In 84 years only 4 women — Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow — have been nominated for best director. One 1 has won.
Please feel free to send this video out far and wide, and on Sunday, remember that women directors voices and visions are missing from this very large cultural conversation. Telling people this is a cultural problem and not just a gender equity problem is a first step.