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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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The Big O: Watch Out, Toronto - The Great Kate, Dame Maggie, and Some Stellar Female Directors Are Coming Your Way

Also at Toronto this year: Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, and Jessica Chastain.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 23, 2014 11:50 AM
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Stringent New Rules to Push Smaller Documentaries Out of Oscar Race

It is now harder for a film to win Best Documentary than Best Picture.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 8, 2014 3:18 PM
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Ava DuVernay's Selma to Be Released Christmas Day

The opening date makes the Martin Luther King, Jr., biopic a serious Oscar contender.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 24, 2014 12:09 PM
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Reese Witherspoon's Wild Will Open December 5th

An Oscar-friendly release date has been set for the upcoming adaption of Cheryl Strayed's memoir chronicling her 1,100 mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 13, 2014 2:00 PM
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Dawn Hudson Signs New Three Year Contract With the Academy

Her successes include diversifying the Academy ranks.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 8, 2014 10:00 AM
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Women Directors Helmed Nearly 40% of Student Oscar Finalists

Female student filmmakers were best represented in the narrative and nonfiction categories.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 6, 2014 4:00 PM
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Crosspost: What's It Going to Take for Gender Equality to Come to Hollywood?

Awards Daily's Sasha Stone offers five theories.
  • By Sasha Stone
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  • April 24, 2014 11:30 AM
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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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