‘Joker’ and ‘Chernobyl’ composer Hildur Guðnadóttir to follow historic awards sweep with Rewire Festival performance

‘Joker’ and ‘Chernobyl’ composer Hildur Guðnadóttir to follow historic awards sweep with Rewire Festival performance

While Guðnadóttir is the first woman to win in the best original score category as we’ve known it for the past two decades, she is not the first woman to win an Academy Award for score: Marilyn Bergman shared a best original song score Oscar with her husband Alan Bergman and Michel Legrand for their work on “Yentl” in 1984. Female composers Rachel Portman and Anne Dudley won the best original musical or comedy score Oscars back to back in 1996 and 1997 for their scores on “Emma” and “The Full Monty,” respectively.

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Jodie Foster to direct fact-meets-fiction film about the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa

Jodie Foster to direct fact-meets-fiction film about the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa

Although Foster is still legendary for her Academy Award-winning acting career, she has developed an intriguingly diverse filmography as a director.

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Despite more female leads in 2019, men still get two-thirds of cinematic speaking roles

Despite more female leads in 2019, men still get two-thirds of cinematic speaking roles

“We have now seen two consecutive years of substantial gains for female protagonists, indicating the beginning of a positive shift in representation,” said Dr. Martha M. Lauzen, the report’s author and the executive director of San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.

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Tabitha Jackson named new director of Sundance Film Festival

Tabitha Jackson named new director of Sundance Film Festival

Keri Putnam is the chief executive and executive director of Sundance Institute, the nonprofit organization founded in 1981 by Robert Redford that puts on the festival. Since 2018, Kim Yutani has been the festival’s programming director.

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Kathleen Kennedy receiving prestigious BAFTA Fellowship

Kathleen Kennedy receiving prestigious BAFTA Fellowship

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, who has producer of dozens of critically and commercially successful films, will receive prestigious BAFTA fellowship next month. It is the highest award bestowed by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, given to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television, according […]

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Cate Blanchett named president of Venice International Film Festival jury

Cate Blanchett named president of Venice International Film Festival jury

Led by the Australian actor/producer, the jury will decide on the Golden Lion for best film and other awards. The decision was made by the board of directors of the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, based on the recommendation of festival director Alberto Barbera.

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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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