Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 4th annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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Women and Hollywood

5 Reasons Why Those Star Wars Casting Rumors about Lupita Nyong'o Are Worth Celebrating

It'll take her one step closer to J. Law-dom.
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  • March 20, 2014 10:11 AM
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Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong'o Poignantly Discusses "Black Beauty" at Essence Event

The clear awards season darling Lupita Nyong'o shares an anecdote about inspiring a fan to stop using skin-whitening cream.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 4, 2014 3:35 PM
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The World is Round, People and Other Thoughts from a Potentially Game Changing Oscars

Lat night felt that the 6,000 people in the Academy are realizing that yes, the world is round and that they can stand in front and be a part of the change that is coming or they can be left behind.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 3, 2014 12:01 PM
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The Big O: Between Ellen and Everyone's Mom, Oscar Night Turned Into Ladies Night

For a year with no female talent represented in the director’s category and only three of the nine best-picture candidates featuring women in lead roles, the Oscar show was a regular femme fest.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 3, 2014 10:39 AM
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The Big O: In Praise of the 10 Actress Nominees

Let's take a break from tracking the race to marvel at the awe-inspiring female talent on display.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • February 20, 2014 11:40 AM
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Vanity Fair's Diverse 2014 Hollywood Issue: FINALLY

How wonderfully refreshing.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 4, 2014 4:00 PM
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The Big O: Which of the 3 Best-Picture Frontrunners Is Female-Friendliest?

Which movie would give the biggest boost to females in the film industry, both behind and in front of the camera?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • January 29, 2014 2:00 PM
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The Good and the Bad Among the 2014 Oscar Nominees

2013 was an even-worse-than-usual year for non-acting women in Hollywood -- only 6% of the 250 top-grossing films were directed by female filmmakers and just 10% written by female screenwriters -- so it's no surprise to us that there's little to celebrate about this year's nominees.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 16, 2014 11:13 AM
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Sarah Polley, Nicole Holofcener, Sandra Bullock Big Winners of AWFJ Awards

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced their award winners, among whom Sarah Polley ("Stories We Tell") was the only winner of a category not specifically designated for a women. Nicole Holofcener swept the writing and direcing categories in the "Female Focus" portion of the awards for her winsome romantic comedy "Enough Said."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 20, 2013 3:00 PM
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Awards Roundup: Europe, Boston, LA, NY Online, British Indies, and IDAs

The first major award weekend yielded honors for directors Susanne Bier (Love is All You Need), Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda), Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell), Jehane Noujaim (The Square). Recognition also went to screenwriters Nicole Holofcener (who wrote and helmed Enough Said) and co-writer Julie Delpy (Before Midnight).
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 9, 2013 11:11 AM
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