I’m revisiting the second part of my series celebrating the accomplishments of these talented filmmakers “Female Directors – Redux”. I’m reminded of the incredible contributions these women have brought to the entertainment world and how terribly difficult it is for them to compete in this male dominated profession. I think this latest issue regarding Brenda Chapman and Pixar really needs to be drug out into the arena of popular opinion and explored so that it receives the attention and priority it deserves.
In researching this around and about the Academy Awards season, I discovered some shocking facts and figures: did you know that the Academy is over three-quarters male and that the number of women who have been nominated and won an Oscar are only 4 in the entire history of movie making? Those nominated for a Best Director Oscar – Jane Campion for “The Piano”, Sofia Coppola for “Lost in Translation”, Lina Wertmuller for “Seven Beauties” and Kathryn Bigelow. The only woman to ever win the Best Director Oscar has been Kathryn Bigelow and that was in 2009 – 85 years after the first awards show.
In the same period of time, only 7 women producers have won the Best Picture title, all as co-producers with men — Julia Phillips for (The Sting), Lili Fini Zanuck (Driving Miss Daisy), Wendy Finerman (Forrest Gump), Donna Gigliotti for (Shakespeare in Love), Fran Walsh for (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), Cathy Schulman for (Crash), Kathryn Bigelow for (The Hurt Locker).
The facts regarding women in Hollywood is deeply troubling. That’s why I’m taking this moment to revisit this article and continue the dialogue.
Female Directors Redux – Women in Film in Hollywood and beyond
After reviewing my original list “Female Directors – Above and Beyond a Call to Duty” and discussing female filmmakers with a variety of film aficionados, moviegoers, and bloggers, I realized I completely left out a number of very important women. My apologies. So in the name of righting my bad, I wanted to revisit and amend my original post with a new post aptly called, Female Directors Redux. Again, in no particular order:
You might recall award-winning writer-director Allison Anders for her films Gas, Food, Lodging, Mi Vida Loca, and Four Rooms – (segment “The Missing Ingredient”) or more recently for any number of guest directorships on series like Sex and the City, Grosse Pointe, Cold Case, and What About Brian. She is also the founder of the Don’t Knock The Rock Film and Music Festival
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