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

Julianne Nicholson on August: Osage County, Masters of Sex, and Aging in Hollywood

"Sticking in this industry, which is not always very kind to women, makes me feel good. I feel like things are definitely better for me now at 42 than they were at 22. "
  • By Laura Berger
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  • April 11, 2014 10:00 AM
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The Big O: And the Oscars' Winning (and Losing) Female Nominees Are...

The 86th Academy Award nominations did the hustle big time for "American Hustle," with 10 nominations. From our female perspective, it's terrific that both Amy Adams, with her first lead nod following four supporting tries, and supporting candidate Jennifer Lawrence are in the running in the acting categories.
  • By Susan Wloszcyna
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  • January 16, 2014 12:18 PM
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The Big O: Will the Academy's Love of Female Ensembles Help August: Osage County?

"August: Osage County" is a prime example of an ensemble cast where the female characters monopolize the goings-on, an Oscar-friendly staple that has been regaining favor of late among voters after 2009's "Precious" and 2011's "The Help" became best-picture contenders.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • January 9, 2014 10:43 AM
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The Big O: Looking at the Women of Oscars Past, Present, and Future

The Oscar derby often offers interesting, if disturbing, insights into how women are treated in the world of film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • December 19, 2013 11:40 AM
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Women and Hollywood December 2013 Film Preview

Here are the women-centric, women-directed and women-written films that you should keep on your radar for December.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 2, 2013 12:37 PM
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Trailer Watch: Second Trailer for August: Osage County

August: Osage County premiered at TIFF garnering a ton of Oscar buzz. The film, based on Tracy Lett's Pulitzer Prize winning play, follows the Weston daughters (Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson) who return home because of a family crisis.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 12, 2013 11:39 AM
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Trailer Watch: August: Osage County - Starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts

August: Osage County, based on Tracy Letts' Pulitzer winning play, looks to be another powerhouse role for Meryl Streep. Streep plays Violet Weston, the troubled matriarch of the dysfunctional Weston family who have come back together in light of a family crisis.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 14, 2013 12:45 PM
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