Study: For the first time, family films had as many women and girls in lead roles as men and boys in 2019

Study: For the first time, family films had as many women and girls in lead roles as men and boys in 2019

“Media images have a huge impact on how we see ourselves and judge our value,” said Geena Davis. “When you see someone like yourself reflected, you take in the message: ‘There’s someone like me, I must belong.’ This is why it’s vital for children to see — from the beginning — fictitious worlds that reflect the real world.”

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Study: More women and people of color were lead characters in movies in 2019

Study: More women and people of color were lead characters in movies in 2019

Despite the increase of lead characters for both women and people of color, Smith and her cohorts noted that the percentages still don’t reflect census data: Women comprise 51% of the U.S. population, and people of color make up 39.6% of the nation’s population.

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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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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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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences achieves gender parity in 2019 class

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences achieves gender parity in 2019 class

Elisabeth Moss, Letitia Wright, Claire Foy, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Tom Holland, Tracy Letts, Olivia Williams, Gemma Chan, Will Poulter, Lady Gaga and Adele are among the actors and musicians invited to become part of the academy’s class of 2019.

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Singer/actor Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Singer/actor Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Despite her obvious talent as a singer, Bailey has been a controversial pick among some Disney fans, for the simple reason that she isn’t a white redhead like the animated character. Although many people have praised the casting, some fans even have gone so far as to launch the hashtag #NotMyAriel and start online petitions calling for Disney to remove Bailey as “The Little Mermaid’s” new star.

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Julianne Moore advocates for quotas for reaching gender parity at Cannes Film Festival

Julianne Moore advocates for quotas for reaching gender parity at Cannes Film Festival

“We will have to make major changes to reach parity. That’s just a fact. So, I do believe in quotas. I really do,” added Moore. “I believe in trying to level the playing field for everybody regardless of their gender or their culture or ethnicity. You have to open doors.”

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Queen Latifah using new initiative The Queen Collective Shorts to build up women filmmakers

Queen Latifah using new initiative The Queen Collective Shorts to build up women filmmakers

Latifah personally mentored both of the winning directors for the collective’s initial year, Haley Anderson and Brittany Fennell. Anderson directed “If There Is Light,” a look at one family’s move out of the shelter system, while Fennell helmed “Ballet After Dark,” which trails a black Baltimore woman who survived abuse and now using ballet as therapy.

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2019 Cannes Film Festival lineup brings good news and bad news for women directors

2019 Cannes Film Festival lineup brings good news and bad news for women directors

Cannes obviously has a lot of work to do to make up ground. But, again, this year indicates that the event is at least moving in the right direction: Over its first 71 years, only 4.3 percent of competition entries were directed by women, or 82 movies, while more than 1,600 men vied for the Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest honor, over that period. Only one woman, “The Piano’s” Jane Campion, has ever won that top prize.

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‘Captain Marvel’ makes box-office history, but is it finally enough?

‘Captain Marvel’ makes box-office history, but is it finally enough?

The global launch for the 21st installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe represents the biggest ever for a female-fronted film — surpassing 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast ($357 million) — as well as the second-largest for any superhero movie behind last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” ($640.5 million). Overall, it’s the sixth-best worldwide debut of all time, and the international opening of $302 million is the fifth-biggest ever ahead of 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($281 million).

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Speaking roles for female characters in film still lag behind those for male characters, study finds

Speaking roles for female characters in film still lag behind those for male characters, study finds

“While female protagonists rebounded last year, slightly besting the previous high achieved in 2016, the percentages of females as speaking characters and major characters remained relatively stagnant. Protagonists are the characters from whose perspective the story is told and so seeing more females in these roles is tremendously important. However, we are not seeing similar gains in the broader populations of major characters and in all speaking roles.”

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Oscars 2019 review: Women win in record numbers, ratings rise, host-free format works

Oscars 2019 review: Women win in record numbers, ratings rise, host-free format works

The record number of wins in 2019 was a welcome turnaround after just six women earned Oscars at last year’s ceremony, compared with 33 male winners. That’s little more than 15 percent. It was the lowest number of female winners since 2012’s show, when only four women took home Academy Awards.

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Academy Awards analysis: What this year’s Sundance Film Festival tells us about another year of #OscarsSoMale

Academy Awards analysis: What this year’s Sundance Film Festival tells us about another year of #OscarsSoMale

As the Women’s Media Center’s Investigation 2019: Gender and Non-Acting Oscar Nominations found, women are, again, largely missing from the picture, with men receiving 75 percent of the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards, which will be handed up Feb. 24.

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Asian women finding quality film roles behind and in front of the camera following the success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Asian women finding quality film roles behind and in front of the camera following the success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Following the blockbuster success of the romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” – it surpassed its $30 million budget on its opening weekend and has far made more than $226 million at the worldwide box office so far – Asian women finally are getting quality film roles both in front of and behind the camera.

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WarnerMedia Launches Company-wide Inclusion Initiative

WarnerMedia Launches Company-wide Inclusion Initiative

Six months after best actress winner Frances McDormand delivered a figurative mic drop at the Oscars by championing the idea of inclusion riders, WarnerMedia – including Warner Bros., HBO and Turner — has announced a company-wide policy outlining its commitment to diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera.

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WEEK IN WOMEN News Roundup: Mold-breaking superhero ‘Faith’ soaring onto the big screen, Krysten Ritter making her directorial debut on ‘Jessica Jones,’ Academy adding record number of members – and boosting percentage of women members

WEEK IN WOMEN News Roundup: Mold-breaking superhero ‘Faith’ soaring onto the big screen, Krysten Ritter making her directorial debut on ‘Jessica Jones,’ Academy adding record number of members – and boosting percentage of women members

WEEK IN WOMEN News Roundup: Mold-breaking superhero ‘Faith’ soaring onto the big screen, Krysten Ritter making her directorial debut on ‘Jessica Jones,’ and Academy adding record number of members – and boosting percentage of women members

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Olivia Munn to be honored for her sexual harassment fight, Margot Robbie to produce femme-focused Shakespeare series, inclusion rules at the box office in 2018

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Olivia Munn to be honored for her sexual harassment fight, Margot Robbie to produce femme-focused Shakespeare series, inclusion rules at the box office in 2018

Olivia Munn will be honored for her sexual harassment fight, Margot Robbie will produce femme-focused Shakespeare series, and inclusion rules at the box office in 2018.

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With ‘Black Panther’ and ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ inclusion dominates at the box office

With ‘Black Panther’ and ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ inclusion dominates at the box office

The commercial and critical juggernaut that is Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” has become topped the domestic cinema list for the fourth consecutive week, relegating Ava DuVernay’s much-hyped adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s beloved young-adult book into second place with a softer-than-anticipated opening weekend. But both movies are from Disney, which is winning with inclusion in 2018.

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Oscars 2018 commentary: Inclusion is the theme and promise, but Frances McDormand’s call for more action steals the show

Oscars 2018 commentary: Inclusion is the theme and promise, but Frances McDormand’s call for more action steals the show

Oscars 2018 commentary: Inclusion is the theme and promise, but Frances McDormand’s call for more action – including inclusion riders and more funding for movies by and about women – steals the show.

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Number of female film protagonists drops in 2017, despite the blockbuster success of ‘Wonder Woman’ and other femme-led films

Number of female film protagonists drops in 2017, despite the blockbuster success of ‘Wonder Woman’ and other femme-led films

Despite the blockbuster success of ‘Wonder Woman’ and other femme-led films, the number of female protagonists was down 5 percent in 2017’s 100 top-grossing films, according to the latest edition of the annual “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” report.

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Following the triumphs of ‘Wonder Woman,’ record-breaking success of ‘Black Panther’ adds to the evidence that inclusion sells in cinema

Following the triumphs of ‘Wonder Woman,’ record-breaking success of ‘Black Panther’ adds to the evidence that inclusion sells in cinema

After the record-breaking, critical acclaim-nabbing and audience-thrilling success of “Wonder Woman” finally gave female filmgoers a superhero in their own image, Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” – starring a black superhero and boasting a largely black cast — opened this weekend to record-breaking, critical acclaim-nabbing and audience-thrilling success. Will it finally be enough to spark real change in Hollywood?

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Wonder Woman’ keeps winning, Gabriela Cowperthwaite on ‘Megan Leavey,’ Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey on making an effort for inclusion

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Wonder Woman’ keeps winning, Gabriela Cowperthwaite on ‘Megan Leavey,’ Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey on making an effort for inclusion

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Wonder Woman’ keeps winning at the box office and defying expectations, ‘Megan Leavey’ helmer Gabriela Cowperthwaite talks about the need for women to see themselves on screen, and Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey discuss making an effort for inclusion.

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