Women of color badly underrepresented even as number of female directors of top-grossing films reached historic high in 2019

Women of color badly underrepresented even as number of female directors of top-grossing films reached historic high in 2019

Stacy L. Smith and her cohorts at  University of Southern California Annenberg Inclusion Initiative have revealed more about the status of female filmmakers in the movie business. Their “Inclusion in the Director’s Chair? Analysis of Director Gender & Race/Ethnicity Across 1,300 Top Films from 2007 to 2019” reveals a 20 to 1 ratio of male […]

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Oscar nominations create controversy with lack of diversity, exclusion of female directors

Oscar nominations create controversy with lack of diversity, exclusion of female directors

Male-dominated titles dominated the Oscars field when the nominations were revealed Monday: Todd Phillips’ R-rated smash “Joker,” starring Joaquin Phoenix as a failed mentally ill comedian who turns to crime and eventually becomes Batman’s nemesis, nabbed a leading Oscar 11 nominations and became just the second comic-book movie nominated for best picture, following 2018’s “Black Panther.”

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Nancy Meyers to receive Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement at Writers Guild Awards

Nancy Meyers to receive Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement at Writers Guild Awards

Over the course of her successful, decades-long career, multi-hyphenate filmmaker Meyers has created a body of work that explores modern relationships in all their nuances, delivering a string of literate, sophisticated films that have become worldwide box-office hits.

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Female filmmakers hit ‘historic highs’ in 2019 but still are ‘so far from parity’

Female filmmakers hit ‘historic highs’ in 2019 but still are ‘so far from parity’

The study also indicated why the hiring of women is so important, especially when it comes to reaching any semblance of parity: Films with female directors are much more likely to hire women in key roles than films directed just by men.

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Sundance Film Festival close to gender parity with 2020 edition

Sundance Film Festival close to gender parity with 2020 edition

This year’s lineup includes 118 full-length feature films, representing 27 countries and 44 first-time feature filmmakers. Of the 65 directors in the four competition categories – which total 56 films – 46 percent are women, 38 percent are people of color and 12 percent are LGBTQ+.

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Octavia Spencer to be presented Producers Guild of America’s Visionary Award

Octavia Spencer to be presented Producers Guild of America’s Visionary Award

Kenya Barris received the 2019 Visionary Award, and past winners include Ava DuVernay, Plan B Entertainment, Chis Meledandri, Laura Ziskin and Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll.

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Ellen DeGeneres to receive the Carol Burnett Award at Sunday’s Golden Globes

Ellen DeGeneres to receive the Carol Burnett Award at Sunday’s Golden Globes

Plus, her production company, A Very Good Production, is producing NBC’s game show “Ellen’s Game of Games,” NBC’s new special event series “Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways,” NBC’s “Little Big Shots,” Netflix’s “Green Eggs and Ham” and Discovery Channel’s “Wildlife Warriors.”

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Several tentpole movies directed by women coming in 2020, including ‘Black Widow,’ ‘Mulan’ and ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

Several tentpole movies directed by women coming in 2020, including ‘Black Widow,’ ‘Mulan’ and ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

First, Cathy Yan’s “Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” is due out on Feb. 7. The “Suicide Squad” spinoff sees Harley Quinn (Oscar nominee Margo Robbie) splitting with the Joker and joining DC Comics superheroes Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

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Annette Bening to receive AARP Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award

Annette Bening to receive AARP Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award

She joins a prestigious list of previous AARP Movies for Grownups Career Achievement honorees, including Shirley MacLaine, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon and Sharon Stone.

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Record number of movies directed by women added to National Film Registry

Record number of movies directed by women added to National Film Registry

The 2019 registry selections span a century of filmmaking, from 1903 to 2003. The oldest film in this year’s class depicts footage of immigrants arriving in New York at Ellis Island, and the newest film on the list is the documentary “Fog of War,” in which former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara reexamines his role in shaping American military and foreign policy.

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