Kathryn Bigelow, director of The Hurt Locker, is the only woman EVER to win a Best Director Oscar. Only 4 women have ever been nominated. Women made up only 6% of Directors for the top movies of 2013. There were NO female nominees for directing, cinematography, film editing, writing (original screenplay), or music (original score) during last year’s Academy Awards.
Rock on Olivia Wilde. I love this story:
As part of a panel on the “State of Female Justice,” the actress told a fascinating — and very telling — story about doing a gender-swapped reading of the script for American Pie. The swap resulted in the women getting “all the good lines” and laughs, while the men were sidelined to the roles of supporting props.
"The men who joined us to sit on stage started squirming rather uncomfortably and got really bored because they weren’t used to being the supporting cast," Wilde said. "It was fascinating to feel their discomfort [and] to discuss it with them afterwards, when they said, ‘It’s boring to play the girl role!’ And I said, ‘Yeah. Yeah. You think?! Welcome to our world!’"
"What’s interesting to me is reinventing how women are looked at. Like Salt — that was a movie written for a man but they changed the gender and had a woman play it. So what would a movie like that be like if you wrote it intending for a woman to play it, and how do we convey that they’re strong and powerful as men and how are women sexy in a different way than we’ve seen, away from stereotypes perpetuated by the men telling stories? What’s it going to be like when women start writing, producing, or acting from a female perspective of what’s badass and keep her shirt on?”
Part 2. Imperfection
- Director Brenda Chapman, who was fired from Brave and replaced with a male director. Chapman was the first woman to direct a Pixar movie. (via racebending)
OMG. This explains a lot about Brave. I actually suspected there were two films: the film I loved (and saw with my daughter) that was a lovely story about the mother-daughter relationship, and the other film shoehorned into it that was just kind of dumb mindless Hollywood cliche.
Oh, Hollywood: You fail again.
Okay, so Kristen Stewart cheats on her boyfriend, who she is not married to, not engaged to, has no real legal bond to, and her career suffers. This is not the first movie she has been rumored to be dropped from. (I think it might be the third) People have talked about how this might hurt Breaking Dawn. How people will harass her at premieres or public appearances. Pretty much, the cheating scandal has made her such a liability that it might be a really long time before producers are willing to cast her in anything.
Meanwhile, Chris Brown physically assaults his girlfriend. There are pictures of what he did to Rihanna. There is a detailed police report saying exactly what he did. And has his career suffered at all? His most recent albums have only gotten more and more popular, he won a Grammy, he was invited to perform at the Grammys, and he still has a huge fan base, mostly female, disturbingly enough.
Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen physically assaults his wife, again, with detailed police reports. He makes anti-Semetic remarks about his boss. He goes on a bender that is captured by every major news outlet. And it’s all a joke. He trademarks all the crazy shit he says and makes money off the merchandise. He not only gets a new TV show, but it is the highest rated show on FX.
A+ sexism there, Hollywood.