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

Cross Post: "Oz the Great and Powerful" Rekindles the Notion That Women Are Wicked

Dorothy Gale--the girl who went to Oz--has been called the first true feminist hero in American children's literature. Indeed, she was condemned by many readers, including children's librarians, for daring to have opinions and act on them.
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  • March 20, 2013 1:00 PM
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Guest Post: Take This Waltz and Female-Centric Love Triangles

On the heels of Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister comes another indie dramedy about a love triangle, writer-director Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz. Waltz is Polley's follow-up to her universally acclaimed debut, Away With Her, and stars Michelle Williams as Margot, a married twentysomething copywriter who meets and falls for a man (Luke Kirby) while on vacation... who turns out to be her neighbor. Comedic actors Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman add familiar faces and levity to the cast by playing Margot's cookbook-writing husband, Lou, and Geraldine, Margot's sister-in-law. 
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 11, 2012 11:26 AM
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Trailer Watch: Take The Waltz - Co-written and Directed by Sarah Polley

This is the sophomore effort from Sarah Polley after the fantabulous Away From Her.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 20, 2012 10:01 AM
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Lynne Ramsay Scores BAFTA Directing Nomination

In a year when we will probably not see a female director nominated for any major awards here in the US, the Brits have been smart enough to recognize the Lynne Ramsay did do one of the best directing jobs of the year and nominated her for best director and We Need to Talk About Kevin for Best British Film.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 17, 2012 11:07 AM
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Meryl Streep's Golden Globe Winning Speech

Meryl Streep won best actress in a drama for The Iron Lady. In her speech she acknowledged all her fellow nominees and the other terrific female performances from this year. And how about her shout out to Adepero Oduye.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 16, 2012 10:10 AM
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The Golden Globe Nominations: The Women

I like the Golden Globe show cause it's always goofy.  People drink, say funny stuff and you get TV and film people in one place.  People who are awards watchers don't take it too seriously because they have two different film categories -- comedy and drama -- which no other awards do.  The also kiss a lot of celebrity butt in order to have a star ladened show rather than a serious awards show.  So you must not take anything these people do too seriously.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 16, 2011 9:49 AM
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The Help and Bridesmaids Score Screen Actors Guild Nominations

Yesterday, the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced. Both The Help and Bridesmaids scored best ensembles nominations (which is their top award) which could be an indicator of potential Oscar love because the actors (a percentage of the SAG members pick these nominees) are the largest voting branch in the Academy. The Help actually scored the most nominations with four including both Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain in the supporting category.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 15, 2011 9:29 AM
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Where are the Women at the Indie Spirit Nominations?

I just got back from a meeting and broke open the list of indie spirit nominees for 2012 and I am utterly dispirited at the lack of female voices throughout the categories. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 29, 2011 4:41 PM
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My Week With Marilyn

The sad reality that I admitting to here is that I really don't know much about Marilyn Monroe. Here's what I knew before I saw the film.  She died of a drug overdose realtively young.  She sang happy birthday to JFK in the 60s and supposedly had an affair with him.  She seemed really sad.  She was a size 16 (in today's movie star world she would be deemed too fat.) And two of her husbands were playwright Arthur Miller and baseball player Joe DiMaggio - two very, very different men. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 28, 2011 12:45 PM
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The Hollywood Reporter's Actress Roundtable

Here is a look at some of the women we will be talking about for the next several months. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 10, 2011 9:47 AM
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