It's that time of year, The Academy Awards, the "Super Bowl for Women." It's the night where we all get catty about whose dress doesn't work, who's got a new boyfriend or girlfriend, and who looks like they haven't eaten all month.
Because the world is paying attention to Hollywood in a bigger way this week there is an opportunity to raise awareness about gross inequities in the business. So we here at Women and Hollywood are taking this opportunity to say that THERE NEED TO BE MORE WOMEN CONSIDERED FOR BEST DIRECTOR.
So we put together this video (it's only a little over a minute) highlighting some of the women directed films from this past year that were passed over. We're not trying to say that all of them should have been nominated (though we think a couple of them should have), what we are trying to say is that we have to find a way to get women directors into these conversations.
We are so tired of watching parade after parade of men being praised for their work. Last year at least we got to see Kathryn Bigelow up on the stage giving out the best director award, this year, the lack of women will be glaring. Not only are there no women directors nominated, no films directed by women are nominated for best picture.
Here are the stats again:
We want to acknowledge the women directed films nominated:
Please feel free to send this video out far and wide, and on Sunday, remember that women directors voices and visions are missing from this very large cultural conversation. Telling people this is a cultural problem and not just a gender equity problem is a first step.
Video link: http://youtu.be/qMB5mEPI_Zc
To go mobile use this link: http://vimeo.com/37290311
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