Clearly, there is a reason we keep seeing much of the same kinds of movies being recognized at the Academy Awards.
The voting population of the Academy is 94% white, 77% male, and 62 is the average age.
In 84 years, only 4 women have been nominated for a best directing Oscar.
1 has won.
In 2011, only 5% of the top grossing films in Hollywood were directed by women. The number has decreased since 2008.
By role, women accounted for 5 percent of directors, 14 percent of writers, 18 percent of executive producers, 25 percent of producers, 20 percent of editors, and 4 percent of cinematographers last year. – Women’s Media Center
What is the Bechdel Test? A movie has to have all three of these happen in just ONE scene in the entire movie (not a high bar to reach):
- It has to have at least two women in it,
- Who talk to each other,
- About something other than a man.
For more information on women in media, visit Women’s Media Center.
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