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Forbes Top Entertainment Earners: Women vs. Men

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 12, 2010 at 7:07AM

- Check out Forbes' annual list of Hollywood's highest-grossing women in entertainment. For one thing, points out THR, there aren't any female directors among the top ten women. James Cameron dominates the men's list, along with George Lucas and Michael Bay, but Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow isn't on the list at all.
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- Check out Forbes' annual list of Hollywood's highest-grossing women in entertainment. For one thing, points out THR, there aren't any female directors among the top ten women. James Cameron dominates the men's list, along with George Lucas and Michael Bay, but Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow isn't on the list at all.

Women and Hollywood's Melissa Silverstein is angry: "The thing that makes me want to vomit is that there are several male directors on the list — we all know that James Cameron had a big year last year with Avatar — but the fact that Michael Bay earned $120 million…well you can imagine how that makes me feel. Suffice it to say that the best director winner Kathryn Bigelow did not make the list."

However, given Avatar and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen's box office performance vs. The Hurt Locker, this is hardly surprising. Another difference in how the genders stack up: the men's top ten is split evenly between behind-the-camera and in-front-of-the-camera players, while the women's top ten are all spotlight holders, four of whom don't have last names. Same as it ever was.

Here's the top ten:

Men's Top Ten (1-10): James Cameron, Tyler Perry, Michael Bay, Tiger Woods, Jerry Bruckheimer, Spielberg, George Lucas, Dr. Phil McGraw, Simon Cowell, Jerry Seinfeld.
Women's Top Ten (1-10): Oprah, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Sandra Bullock, Ellen DeGeneres, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift tied with Judge Judy Sheindlin.

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Lists, Media, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow, Transformers, Avatar, Independents, Drama, Sandra Bullock


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.