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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Gina Prince-Bythewood sets Netflix record with ‘The Old Guard,’ to direct ‘The Woman King’

Gina Prince-Bythewood sets Netflix record with ‘The Old Guard,’ to direct ‘The Woman King’

“The Old Guard,” adapted from the comic book series by author Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernández, centers on a covert team of immortal mercenaries who are suddenly exposed and must fight to keep their identity a secret just as an unexpected new member is discovered. The film is currently on track to reach 72 million households in its first four weeks, according to Netflix.

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Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions developing ‘Fast Color’ series at Amazon

Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions developing ‘Fast Color’ series at Amazon

Released by Lionsgate/Code Black in April, the film was co-written by Hart and Horowitz and directed by Hart. The movie premiered to critical acclaim last year at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. It was released last month on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD.

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Viola Davis’ JuVee Productions inks deal with Amazon Studios

Viola Davis’ JuVee Productions inks deal with Amazon Studios

Davis said, “my big thing with JuVee Productions is there is no limit to how we see narratives for people of color — that there’s only so much that I’m going to kowtow to this business. My gift to anyone is that. Don’t let anybody tell you who you are. … This is my fist pump. This is my drop the mic. This is me.”

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Viola Davis to receive Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual breakfast

Viola Davis to receive Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual breakfast

Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning actor and producer Viola Davis will be honored at The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment breakfast. The annual star-studded gala, which recognizes women pioneers and industry leaders, will take place Dec. 5 in Los Angeles. Davis will be honored with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, given annually to a woman who has been a trailblazer and philanthropic leader in her industry.

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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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2017 Oscars preview: Women set records but are still underrepresented among Oscar nominees

2017 Oscars preview: Women set records but are still underrepresented among Oscar nominees

The 89th Academy Awards will be handed out tonight live on ABC, and for women, this year’s Oscar nominations mean good news and bad news.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: RIP Mary Tyler Moore; Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Lily Tomlin honored; Kristin Chenoweth praises ‘Lion’

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: RIP Mary Tyler Moore; Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Lily Tomlin honored; Kristin Chenoweth praises ‘Lion’

The WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Remember Mary Tyler Moore, Octavia Spencer and Lily Tomlin receive honors, Kristin Chenoweth praises ‘Lion’ for its treatment of adoption, and Kerry Washington urges courage at Sundance.

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Oscar nominations break or tie multiple records, with diverse nominees and Meryl Streep’s 20th nod

Oscar nominations break or tie multiple records, with diverse nominees and Meryl Streep’s 20th nod

Meryl Streep, Viola Davis and “La La Land” were among the people and films breaking or tying records when the diverse Oscar nominees were announced today.

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88th Academy Awards preview: Examining Oscars’ gender imbalance and another good reason Hollywood should embrace diversity

88th Academy Awards preview: Examining Oscars’ gender imbalance and another good reason Hollywood should embrace diversity

The 88th Academy Awards are Sunday, and Hollywood’s lack of diversity and gender balance are taking a bit of the shine off.

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Academy changes its rules to diversify, plans to double the number of women and minority members by 2020

Academy changes its rules to diversify, plans to double the number of women and minority members by 2020

The Academy has announced “a sweeping series of substantive changes” to boost diversity, including a commitment to to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020, but can the Oscars truly change unless Hollywood changes, too?

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Women in film and TV marked milestones in 2015, but do the milestones mark lasting change?

Women in film and TV marked milestones in 2015, but do the milestones mark lasting change?

Women in film and TV marked milestones in 2015, but do those milestones mark lasting change?

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