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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Happy Friday: Watch Tilda Swinton's Ebertfest 2013 Dance Party

The marvelous and flawless Tilda Swinton alongside the late Roger Ebert's wife, Chaz led a dance party to Barry White at this year's Ebertfest.
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  • April 26, 2013 12:30 PM
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Happy International Women's Day: Women in Film and TV (UK) Releases 2012 Power List

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  • March 8, 2012 12:22 PM
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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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We Need to Talk About Kevin Gets Five Nominations from the London Critics Film Circle

This film is clearly being better recevied overseas as a full body of work than it is here in the US.  Here, Tilda Swinton has gathered some nominations and could be on her way to an Academy Award nod (which in itself will be a miracle), but the film...not so much.   The Iron Lady did not get much love at all with only one nomination for Olivia Colman for British Actress of the Year but I suspect that she was acknowleged more for Tyrannosaur than for The Iron Lady.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 21, 2011 9:50 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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We Really Need to Talk About Kevin and Lynne Ramsay

I saw We Need to Talk About Kevin co-written and directed by Lynne Ramsay at the Toronto Film Festival. It was one of the best movies I saw there and it is still one of the best movies that I have seen this year. My thoughts (which I wrote at the festival) on the film are below. Not only have they not changed, they have actually gotten stronger as I have seen some of the other movies in the Oscar race.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 9, 2011 11:34 AM
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