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

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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Women and the Oscars 2014

At Women and Hollywood we want people to use this week to interrupt the conversations about the Oscars and remind people that no women were nominated for best director this year and that we need to see more women directed films.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 25, 2014 10:59 AM
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TV: Ellen DeGeneres' Lesbian Sitcom, Nahnatchka Khan's Asian Am Series, & More Pilot News

Good news continues to trickle in about the networks' fall pilot season.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 30, 2014 11:00 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 High and Low Points of 2013

As we close out this year, I thought it might be useful to tease out some of the high and low points and give shout-outs to a couple of people who have touched us this year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 31, 2013 10:39 AM
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Ellen DeGeneres is Utterly Charming in the First Oscars Trailer

In the first promo for the awards ceremony, DeGeneres puts her own stamp on the Oscars: cheerful, wholesome, energetic, and eager to please.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 20, 2013 2:00 PM
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Ellen DeGeneres and Liz Feldman Developing Lesbian Sitcom for NBC

Ellen DeGeneres and Liz Feldman will be developing a lesbian sitcom for NBC.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 29, 2013 12:00 PM
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How Can We Still be Talking About Whether Women Are Funny?

Yesterday morning brought the great news that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be hosting the Golden Globes in 2014 and 2015. They were so terrific as hosts last year that the Globe people were smart to lock them in for an extended run.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 16, 2013 1:00 PM
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Ellen DeGeneres to Host Upcoming Oscars

After a big week when the Academy elected its first female African American leader, more news was made this morning with the announcement that talk show host and all around funny gal, Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting the Oscars on March 2nd.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 2, 2013 11:38 AM
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