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.