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To the Academy: Consider the Women Directors

by Melissa Silverstein
February 20, 2013 11:53 AM
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It's Academy Awards week and the ballots are closed.  While we don't know the winners yet, one thing we know for sure is that no women have again been nominated for best director.

This is one of the only times of the year when the world is paying attention to the film business, not just movies.  The entire industry is on display this weekend and it is still extremely imbalanced.

This is the second year we have created a video to help make people think about the gender imbalance in Hollywood, especially in the area of directing.

Please share this far and wide.

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  • Korky Day | February 22, 2013 2:49 PMReply

    This kind of problem was solved generations ago. You've heard of best actor and best actress? So now it must be best man director and best woman director! So simple! So over-looked! Exclusively positive results for the Academy and the industry!

  • joseph chastain | February 25, 2013 5:07 PM

    If we do that we'll have to start awards for best female editor, best female cinematographer, best female sound mixer, etc. It makes sense with acting, because giving a performance as a man or woman is so different, but directing is directing.

  • Joseph Chastain | February 25, 2013 5:04 PM

    I'd say no.

  • Alex | February 21, 2013 3:01 PMReply

    Didn't Brave get a nod for Animated Film?

  • Ali | February 21, 2013 12:21 AMReply

    Yeah and how many black directors have been nominated? OH THAT'S RIGHT ONLY 2!!!!! AND HOW MANY HAVE WON? OH YEAH NONE!!!!! Should we make a video for that every year??????

  • Joseph Chastain | February 25, 2013 5:05 PM

    Let's not forget, there are even more Latinos in America than black people, and I'm pretty sure no Latino directors have ever been nominated.

  • @sarahspy | February 22, 2013 11:05 AM

    i think the answer to that is yes, for sure! it just so happens that this particular blog focuses on Women and Hollywood, obviously...

  • Bonnie Weiss | February 20, 2013 9:31 PMReply

    The trailers I just watched truly looked inviting. Except for the last, they seem to treat loving and relationships as a quality. Maybe the violent ones are the catalyst for the weak-minded to buy and use guns on the innocents of the world. Don't we agree, women know what real love is, maybe only female writers and directors can properly share this in film. HOLLYWOOD, WAKE UP, AS WELL AS YOU MATURE AND INTELLIGENT AUDIENCES. Ask for the good stuff from the studios. Complain, complain, complain!!!

  • Toledo Troopers | February 20, 2013 7:36 PMReply

    To all the women making films today, check this out. Quite possibly America's greatest untold sports story! Google Toledo Troopers or visit for info. Women playing football in the 1970's, now that's something someone should make a movie about!

  • MICH | February 20, 2013 1:30 PMReply

    I adored "Take This Waltz" -- it definitely deserved more attention than it received. Go see this film!

  • Bob Lobla | February 20, 2013 12:19 PMReply

    With the exception of Bigelow, I would say that nearly all of those films are vastly inferior to what was nominated this year. Not to mention that their production companies don't have the clout or financial resources to properly campaign for the Oscars. I would say be proud that women are entering the world of filmmaking, but don't give undue praise strictly on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, etc. Lana Wachowski wasn't recognized by the Academy even before the transformation, so why should she be judged differently now? Her inclusion in your list is particularly laughable, and sends your argument toppling down.

  • My Best Girl | February 25, 2013 10:04 PM

    Alice Guy was one of the first humans to make a narrative film. She directed hundreds of films. And Lois Weber directed scores of films too.

  • Joseph Chastain | February 25, 2013 5:05 PM

    Zero Dark Thirty was a snooze fest. There Dee Rees should have been nominated for best director and Pariah for best picture.

  • MICH | February 20, 2013 1:51 PM

    "Be proud that women are entering the world of filmmaking" Seriously? Women have been in the "world of filmmaking" since its inception. What other fields which women are supposedly "entering" should we be proud of -- medicine? law? politics?

    I will leave you with three words: Django Unchained. Really?

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