WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Natalie Portman wins Israel’s Genesis Prize, Iran makes first Academy Award submission directed by a woman, Sundance Selects acquiring Rachel Dretzin’s documentary ‘Far from the Tree’

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Natalie Portman wins Israel’s Genesis Prize, Iran makes first Academy Award submission directed by a woman, Sundance Selects acquiring Rachel Dretzin’s documentary ‘Far from the Tree’

Natalie Portman wins Israel’s Genesis Prize, Iran makes first Academy Award submission directed by a woman, Sundance Selects acquires Rachel Dretzin’s documentary ‘Far from the Tree,’ and Kathryn Bigelow, Kate Winslet and more are honored by SAG-AFTRA Foundation.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Agnes Varda receives honorary Oscar, Women in Film launching sexual harassment help line, Kate Nowlin talks playing a woman veteran in ‘Blood Stripe’

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Agnes Varda receives honorary Oscar, Women in Film launching sexual harassment help line, Kate Nowlin talks playing a woman veteran in ‘Blood Stripe’

Agnes Varda receives honorary Oscar, Women in Film launching sexual harassment help line, Kate Nowlin talks playing a woman veteran in ‘Blood Stripe,’ and Lily Tomlin honored at Voice Arts Awards.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Wonder Woman’ Oscar campaign, Jessica Chastain’s X-Men antagonist, Hedy Lamarr documentary and Alfre Woodard’s lionesque role

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Wonder Woman’ Oscar campaign, Jessica Chastain’s X-Men antagonist, Hedy Lamarr documentary and Alfre Woodard’s lionesque role

Warner Bros. is planning a ‘Wonder Woman’ Oscar campaign, Jessica Chastain is taking on an X-Men antagonist, Hedy Lamarr documentary is coming to silver screen, and Alfre Woodard is playing a lionesque role.

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Oscars 2017: ‘Moonlight’ wins best picture; ‘La La Land’ earns 6; Viola Davis makes history

Oscars 2017: ‘Moonlight’ wins best picture; ‘La La Land’ earns 6; Viola Davis makes history

In a twist ending that only Hollywood could dream up, “Moonlight” won best picture Sunday night after a mixed-up finish at the 89th Academy Awards. Viola Davis became the first black woman to win an Emmy, a Tony and an Oscar for acting.

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Oscar-nominated ‘Arrival’ screenwriter Eric Heisserer was offered the chance to make the movie much earlier, if he would switch the lead to a man

Oscar-nominated ‘Arrival’ screenwriter Eric Heisserer was offered the chance to make the movie much earlier, if he would switch the lead to a man

Eric Heisserer spent more than a decade trying to get Ted Chiang’s award-winning 1998 sci-fi novella “Story of Your Life” made into a movie. Last year, under the direction of “Sicario’s” Denis Villeneuve, his dream finally arrived in theaters as “Arrival.” But the Oscar-nominated screenwriter says he could have seen it hit theaters much sooner if he was willing to make one major change: Turning the lead into a man instead of a woman.

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2017 Oscars preview: Women set records but are still underrepresented among Oscar nominees

2017 Oscars preview: Women set records but are still underrepresented among Oscar nominees

The 89th Academy Awards will be handed out tonight live on ABC, and for women, this year’s Oscar nominations mean good news and bad news.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: EEOC seeking settlement with Hollywood studios over discrimination charges, while Ellen Burstyn and St. Vincent make directorial debuts

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: EEOC seeking settlement with Hollywood studios over discrimination charges, while Ellen Burstyn and St. Vincent make directorial debuts

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is in settlement talks with the major Hollywood studios to resolve charges that they systemically discriminated against female directors, according to Deadline, while Oscar-winning actress Ellen Burstyn and Grammy-winning rocker St. Vincent join the ranks of women directing for the first time.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: RIP Mary Tyler Moore; Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Lily Tomlin honored; Kristin Chenoweth praises ‘Lion’

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: RIP Mary Tyler Moore; Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Lily Tomlin honored; Kristin Chenoweth praises ‘Lion’

The WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Remember Mary Tyler Moore, Octavia Spencer and Lily Tomlin receive honors, Kristin Chenoweth praises ‘Lion’ for its treatment of adoption, and Kerry Washington urges courage at Sundance.

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Once the feel-good film of awards season, ‘Hidden Figures’ is now a big winner and a big moneymaker

Once the feel-good film of awards season, ‘Hidden Figures’ is now a big winner and a big moneymaker

Throughout this film awards cycle, “Hidden Figures” has been the crowd-pleasing, uplifting fan favorite. This weekend, the fact-based period drama about the African-American women who worked behind the scenes at NASA during the space race won the top prize at the SAG Awards and crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office.

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Oscar nominations break or tie multiple records, with diverse nominees and Meryl Streep’s 20th nod

Oscar nominations break or tie multiple records, with diverse nominees and Meryl Streep’s 20th nod

Meryl Streep, Viola Davis and “La La Land” were among the people and films breaking or tying records when the diverse Oscar nominees were announced today.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Oscar nominations to be announced Tuesday, SAG to honor Lily Tomlin, Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman speak out

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Oscar nominations to be announced Tuesday, SAG to honor Lily Tomlin, Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman speak out

Oscar nominations to be revealed Tuesday The nomination […]

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Awards season update: ‘La La Land’ keeps dancing, ‘Moonlight’ still shining, ‘Kubo’ makes history

Awards season update: ‘La La Land’ keeps dancing, ‘Moonlight’ still shining, ‘Kubo’ makes history

Last weekend’s Golden Globes established La La Land as a clear front-runner — closely followed by Moonlight — in upcoming races for the prestigious awards doled out by the DGA, PGA, BAFTA and, ultimately, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nominations have been announced by all but the Academy. To see how they compare, read on…

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Examining Hollywood’s diversity issues: The Oscars, ‘Ghostbusters’ – and why women in film and on TV matters

Examining Hollywood’s diversity issues: The Oscars, ‘Ghostbusters’ – and why women in film and on TV matters

Geena Davis reminds us why women getting equal representation in movies and television is important, plus the Oscars and ‘Ghostbusters’ offer opportunities for real talk about diversity.

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88th Academy Awards preview: Examining Oscars’ gender imbalance and another good reason Hollywood should embrace diversity

88th Academy Awards preview: Examining Oscars’ gender imbalance and another good reason Hollywood should embrace diversity

The 88th Academy Awards are Sunday, and Hollywood’s lack of diversity and gender balance are taking a bit of the shine off.

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Academy changes its rules to diversify, plans to double the number of women and minority members by 2020

Academy changes its rules to diversify, plans to double the number of women and minority members by 2020

The Academy has announced “a sweeping series of substantive changes” to boost diversity, including a commitment to to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020, but can the Oscars truly change unless Hollywood changes, too?

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More women earn Oscar nominations in 2016 – but there’s still room for improvement

More women earn Oscar nominations in 2016 – but there’s still room for improvement

More women earn Oscar nominations in 2016 – but there’s still room for improvement when it comes to achieving equality at the movies.

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Alliance of Women Film Journalists members celebrate big achievements in 2015 – if only there were more women film critics to celebrate

Alliance of Women Film Journalists members celebrate big achievements in 2015 – if only there were more women film critics to celebrate

Alliance of Women Film Journalists members celebrate big achievements in 2015 – if only there were more women film critics to celebrate. The ongoing discussion about the need to level the playing ground for women working in Hollywood is expanding to include those working in the documentary arena, and in film criticism. Looking ahead to 2016, the fight for equality in the film industry continues.

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