As we start the new year, I thought it would be interesting to look at the narratives that dominated the conversation over the past year. Would love to hear if you have any thoughts on other topics that dominated the conversations.
Here is what I came up with:
The success of Bridesmaids and the realization that women can be funny. (duh)
Winter's Bone and The Kids are All Right get best picture nominations for 2011.
Women directors not being in the conversation for the 2012 Oscar.
The breakout success of Jessica Chastain
Women make up only 33% of speaking parts in films and less than 10% of writers and directors.
Jennifer Yuh Nelson becomes the highest grossing women director with King Fu Panda 2.
The report indicates that Portman is not really interested in acting right now but since she is contractually obligated to Thor 2, she was very excited to work with Jenkins and be a part of helping her break the glass ceiling for women directing studio comic book action flicks.
The Hollywood Reporter in the wake of their complete dismissal of women in both its writer and director roundtables has done a 360 and put together a whole cover on the lack of women directors and other women in power in the business. While the package is interesting (while not saying anything we didn't already know), I just wish that this didn't seem like such a fix up for their earlier ridiculousness.
While we might want to celebrate the successes of women in Hollywood cause it is so much more fun than talking about all the work that needs to be done (trust me, I know), we must continue to push and make people aware of the disparities. Part of the problem is that no one wants to believe that things are so bad. But it is bad. In their piece, Why the Odds Are Still Stacked Against Women in Hollywood, a couple of women who have the clout give some quotes along with Martha Lauzen who tracks women working in Hollywood at San Diego State and all those quotes are extremely depressing but real.