Women achieve historic wins at 2021 Academy Awards

Women achieve historic wins at 2021 Academy Awards

“Nomadland’s” Chloe Zhao was named best director, becoming just the second woman (after “The Hurt Locker’s” Kathryn Bigelow) and the first woman of color to garner the best director Oscar.

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Oscars make history by nominating two women for best director in the same year

Oscars make history by nominating two women for best director in the same year

Prior to this year, only five women had been nominated for best director: Lina Wertmüller, in 1976 for “Seven Beauties”; Jane Campion, in 1993 for “The Piano”; Sofia Coppola, in 2003 for “Lost in Translation”; Kathryn Bigelow, in 2009 for “The Hurt Locker”; and Greta Gerwig, in 2017 for “Lady Bird.”

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Regina King, Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell make Golden Globes history with best director nominations

Regina King, Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell make Golden Globes history with best director nominations

The Globes have a wretched track record for nominating women directors. At the 2018 ceremony, Natalie Portman called out the HFPA while presenting the best director prize by quipping “Here are all the male nominees.”

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Regina King building Oscar buzz for feature film directorial debut ‘One Night in Miami’

Regina King building Oscar buzz for feature film directorial debut ‘One Night in Miami’

Following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, “One Night in Miami” has achieved critical praise across the board, rapidly building buzz in this year’s Oscar race. King is considered a likely candidate to be the first Black woman ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director.

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces new representation and inclusion standards for Best Picture Oscar

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces new representation and inclusion standards for Best Picture Oscar

The Washington Post reviewed the past 15 years of Best Picture winners, dating back to 2005’s “Crash,” to see how much the new rules would change the outcome of the top Oscar contest.

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Zazie Beetz, Awkwafina, Olivia Wilde and many more women invited to join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Zazie Beetz, Awkwafina, Olivia Wilde and many more women invited to join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

In 2016, the Academy set specific inclusion goals as part of its A2020 initiative to double the number of women and underrepresented ethnic/racial communities by 2020.  Through dedicated and intentional work by the Board of Governors and members on the branch executive committees, the Academy has surpassed both these goals.

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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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Home release details announced for Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’

Home release details announced for Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’

“Little Women” earned six Oscar nominations – for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay for Gerwig, and Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat, Best Actress for Ronan, Best Supporting Actress for Pugh and Best Costume Design for Jacqueline Durran. But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – along with the Golden Globes and BAFTAs – faced widespread criticism for failing to nominate any women, including Gerwig, for Best Director.

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‘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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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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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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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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Melissa McCarthy to receive Distinguished Artisan Award at Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards

Melissa McCarthy to receive Distinguished Artisan Award at Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards

Emmy Award winner and Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy will receive the Distinguished Artisan Award at the Sixth Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) celebrating her prolific acting career and the plethora of characters she embraces.

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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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‘Bao’s’ Domee Shi to make feature film directorial debut

‘Bao’s’ Domee Shi to make feature film directorial debut

Shi will be just the second woman director to helm a Pixar feature, and Brenda Chapman, co-director of 2012’s “Brave” and the first woman hired as a Pixar director, was taken off her film before it reached theaters.

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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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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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WEEK IN WOMEN: A guide to seeing this year’s Oscar-nominated films

WEEK IN WOMEN: A guide to seeing this year’s Oscar-nominated films

Prepare yourself to fully enjoy the 90th Academy Awards by last minute watching of some of the nominated films. Here’s our guide to where you can catch them in theaters or on smaller screens.

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Oscar nominations analysis: 90th Academy Awards marking multiple milestones for women and diversity

Oscar nominations analysis: 90th Academy Awards marking multiple milestones for women and diversity

The 90th Academy Awards seem to be shaping up to be the most diverse ever. In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite, #MeToo and a cavalcade of sexual misconduct scandals brought to light after explosive investigative reports about Harvey Weinstein, the 2018 Oscar nominations marked several milestones for women, African-Americans and transgender people making movies.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 confirmed with Andrea Arnold; Disney boasts new $100 million club of women directors; motion picture academy establishes code of conduct in Harvey Weinstein fallout

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 confirmed with Andrea Arnold; Disney boasts new $100 million club of women directors; motion picture academy establishes code of conduct in Harvey Weinstein fallout

‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 has been confirmed with Andrea Arnold; Disney boasts new $100 million club of women directors; and the motion picture academy establishes code of conduct in Harvey Weinstein fallout.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Natalie Portman wins Israel’s Genesis Prize, Iran makes first Academy Award submission directed by a woman, Sundance Selects acquiring Rachel Dretzin’s documentary ‘Far from the Tree’

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Natalie Portman wins Israel’s Genesis Prize, Iran makes first Academy Award submission directed by a woman, Sundance Selects acquiring Rachel Dretzin’s documentary ‘Far from the Tree’

Natalie Portman wins Israel’s Genesis Prize, Iran makes first Academy Award submission directed by a woman, Sundance Selects acquires Rachel Dretzin’s documentary ‘Far from the Tree,’ and Kathryn Bigelow, Kate Winslet and more are honored by SAG-AFTRA Foundation.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Agnes Varda receives honorary Oscar, Women in Film launching sexual harassment help line, Kate Nowlin talks playing a woman veteran in ‘Blood Stripe’

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Agnes Varda receives honorary Oscar, Women in Film launching sexual harassment help line, Kate Nowlin talks playing a woman veteran in ‘Blood Stripe’

Agnes Varda receives honorary Oscar, Women in Film launching sexual harassment help line, Kate Nowlin talks playing a woman veteran in ‘Blood Stripe,’ and Lily Tomlin honored at Voice Arts Awards.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Wonder Woman’ Oscar campaign, Jessica Chastain’s X-Men antagonist, Hedy Lamarr documentary and Alfre Woodard’s lionesque role

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Wonder Woman’ Oscar campaign, Jessica Chastain’s X-Men antagonist, Hedy Lamarr documentary and Alfre Woodard’s lionesque role

Warner Bros. is planning a ‘Wonder Woman’ Oscar campaign, Jessica Chastain is taking on an X-Men antagonist, Hedy Lamarr documentary is coming to silver screen, and Alfre Woodard is playing a lionesque role.

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Oscars 2017: ‘Moonlight’ wins best picture; ‘La La Land’ earns 6; Viola Davis makes history

Oscars 2017: ‘Moonlight’ wins best picture; ‘La La Land’ earns 6; Viola Davis makes history

In a twist ending that only Hollywood could dream up, “Moonlight” won best picture Sunday night after a mixed-up finish at the 89th Academy Awards. Viola Davis became the first black woman to win an Emmy, a Tony and an Oscar for acting.

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Oscar-nominated ‘Arrival’ screenwriter Eric Heisserer was offered the chance to make the movie much earlier, if he would switch the lead to a man

Oscar-nominated ‘Arrival’ screenwriter Eric Heisserer was offered the chance to make the movie much earlier, if he would switch the lead to a man

Eric Heisserer spent more than a decade trying to get Ted Chiang’s award-winning 1998 sci-fi novella “Story of Your Life” made into a movie. Last year, under the direction of “Sicario’s” Denis Villeneuve, his dream finally arrived in theaters as “Arrival.” But the Oscar-nominated screenwriter says he could have seen it hit theaters much sooner if he was willing to make one major change: Turning the lead into a man instead of a woman.

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