Here are some things I noticed:
Kathleen Kennedy is nominated for both best feature (War Horse) and best animated feature (The Adventures of Tin Tin).
Kung Fu Panda 2 was produced by a single woman - Melissa Cobb (as was Cars 2) so that means that film is directed and produced by a woman and the film is the top grossing female directed film of the year.
Maiwenn is included in the five directors vying for France Lumiere Award. The film is also up for best screenplay (but not best picture.)
I've been wating for this one since it premiered at the Director's Fortnight at Cannes. It will open in limited release on Feb 10 and on VOD Feb. 28. Linda Cardellini plays a soldier returning from war hoping to pick up her life where she left off, only to realize that it very difficult. It is produced by Meredith Vieira.
The other good news is that Berlin will show her some love on Valentines Day. She will receive an Honorary Golden Bear on February 14 and The Iron Lady will be screened. They will also screen several other of her films including: Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, Out of Africa, The Bridges of Madison County and A Prairie Home Companion
Berlin Film Festival Will Honor Meryl Streep (Indiewire)
As we start the new year, I thought it would be interesting to look at the narratives that dominated the conversation over the past year. Would love to hear if you have any thoughts on other topics that dominated the conversations.
Here is what I came up with:
The success of Bridesmaids and the realization that women can be funny. (duh)
Winter's Bone and The Kids are All Right get best picture nominations for 2011.
Women directors not being in the conversation for the 2012 Oscar.
The breakout success of Jessica Chastain
Women make up only 33% of speaking parts in films and less than 10% of writers and directors.
Jennifer Yuh Nelson becomes the highest grossing women director with King Fu Panda 2.