WOMEN MAKE HISTORICAL ADVANCES IN THE 2021 OSCAR RACE – Susan Granger reports

History was made when the Oscar nominations were released for the Best Director category. Only five women have ever been nominated before. This year, Chloe Zhao was chosen for her elegiac road-trip drama “Nomadland,” along with first-time feature-filmmaker Emerald Fennel for her #MeToo revenge comedy “Promising Young Woman.” Chloe Zhao, the first woman of color nominated for Best Director, is the most nominated woman in a single year in Oscar history, since she’s also competing as Best Picture producer, along with Adapted Screenplay and Editing. That’s a record-breaking four nominations in a single year.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Hollywood Commission Challenges Claims of Diversity Accomplishment – Brandy McDonnell reports

The Hollywood Commission, chaired by Anita Hill, found a gulf between what show business claims it has done to close workplace gaps in diversity and inclusion and what the industry has actually accomplished in that arena. “Men in Hollywood appear to inhabit a parallel universe when it comes to their overwhelmingly positive perception of progress in welcoming and valuing diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives,” the Hollywood Commission said in its second report.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: AAMPAS Sets New Diversity Standards for Best Picture – Brancy McDonnell reports

As part of the Academy’s Aperture 2025 initiative, the standards are designed to encourage equitable representation on and off screen to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience, according to a news release. The Academy’s goals with Aperture 2025 are to further the dialogue and challenge its history to create a more equitable and inclusive community.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Stats Show More Women and Characters of Color in 2019 – Brandy McDonnell reports

In 2019, film fans were more likely to find movies with lead characters who were women and people of color in their local cinemas than they had previously in more than a decade, according to a recent study led by Stacy L. Smith from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Oscar Noms Lack Diversity, Snub Female Directors – Brandy McDonnell reports

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has faced widespread criticism for the dearth of diversity among the top nominees as well as the exclusion female filmmakers at its upcoming 92nd Annual Academy Awards to be held February 9.

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THE WEEK IN WOMAN: 90th Oscar Noms Mark Milestones for Women and Diversity — Brandy McDonnell reports

In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite, #MeToo and a cavalcade of sexual misconduct scandals brought to light after explosive investigative reports

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