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: New Study: Huge Majority of Film Critics are Male and White – Brandy McDonnell reports

Stacy L. Smith and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative have again found that film reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes are overwhelmingly white and male. Their new study shows that 67.1 of the critics were male, 32.9 percent were female, and that of critics with an “ascertainable” race or ethnicity, 23.2 percent were from minority groups while 76.8 percent were white,.

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What’s Up Down Under? Queensland Film Festival: 80 Percent Femme-helmed Films — Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

The Australian state of Queensland in the country’s north-east in many ways typifies all the national clichés so readily identifiable

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