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

Viola Davis to Star in Shonda Rhimes' Next Show

The return of "Scandal" tomorrow night isn't the only good news coming out of Shondaland.
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  • February 26, 2014 12:21 PM
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Sarah Polley, Wadjda director Haifaa al-Mansour Among National Board of Review's Best-of-Year Picks

Directors Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell) and Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda) and actress Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color) were the only awardees among the National Board of Review's end-of-the-year picks in categories not designated for women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 5, 2013 4:00 PM
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The Big O: When Race is an Issue in the Oscars

What does a black leading lady have to do to win an Academy Award again? Considering there seems to be a renaissance in black cinema, you would think the timing would be perfect. But you would be wrong.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • September 20, 2013 1:00 PM
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Viola Davis on the Crisis for African American Actresses

This past Sunday Oprah hosted several leading African American actresses for a conversation on OWN. There are a variety of clips available but I found this one from Viola Davis very interesting. Here's what she says: (Paraphrased a bit)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 25, 2013 1:00 PM
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Viola Davis Speaks About Beautiful Creatures and Black Characters in 2013

Viola Davis’s latest film, Beautiful Creatures comes out today. Based on a YA novel, the film follows a teen girl, Lena (Alice Englert) who moves to a small Southern town. At her new high school she falls for Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), who is longing to escape small town life. The two uncover secrets about their families, their histories and their town as supernatural occurrences begin to happen around them.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 15, 2013 11:30 AM
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Talking with Maggie Gyllenhaal about Won't Back Down

I'm a bit obsessed with this film.  My obsession stems from the fact that we have a film with two previous women with Oscar nominations in it (three if you count Holly Hunter in her supporting role) that has basically been dumped, and has allowed the teachers union to have the upper hand in creating the public and press narrative of the film. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 19, 2012 3:25 PM
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Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal Court Controversy With Won't Back Down

When was the last time there was a movie that focused on two women (or more) both over 30 that opened on 2,500 screens?  I count three in the last two years.  Earlier this year there was Joyful Noise starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton (which wasn't a big success.)  And last year there were the megahits Bridesmaids and The Help.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 27, 2012 11:40 AM
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Trailer Watch: Beautiful Creatures - Starring Alice Englert and Viola Davis

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 21, 2012 9:30 AM
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Quote of the Day: "Why? Why? Why? Don't they want the money?

That is the quote Meryl Streep uttered Tuesday night at the annual Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.  She was onstage to present Viola Davis with her Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 14, 2012 10:45 AM
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Jenna Elfman to Host Women in Film 2012 Crystal + Lucy Awards June 12

Actress Jenna Elfman who will return to TV next season as the First Lady in the comedy 1600 Penn will be the host of the annual Crystal + Lucy Awards. If I lived in LA I would so be at this event supporting the work of Women in Film. It's one of the rare occasions to celebrate women in the business.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 7, 2012 1:53 PM
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