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IS EQUITY FOR
REALLY AN ISSUE?
When the 2004 Oscar nominations were announced, fully 50% of the 10 parts nominated in the 2 top acting categories were written by women screenwriters, but when this year’s nominations were announced in January, 2005, that number had fallen to zero. Overall, the representation of women in creative roles behind-the-scenes in the annual Oscar broadcasts is dismal; no woman has ever won the Best Director Oscar, and only 3 women in Oscar history have even been nominated for this important honor. Here is an overview of women’s impact on top film honors in our new millennium:
Note: “Percent Impact” is determined by counting the number of nominations given to films in which women served
“behind-the-scenes” as either director &/or screenwriter the 8 “major categories” (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor,
Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay & Best Original Screenplay).
Professor Martha Lauzen of San Diego State University has documented the progress of women in the film industry for over a decade, and her results are a sobering reminder that equity continues to be a major issue in one of America’s preeminent industries. According to the Executive Summary of the “Celluloid Ceiling” report she
released in June,
“Over the last four years, the percentage of women working as directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors on the top 250 domestic grossing films has declined from 19% in 2001 to 16% in 2004. Women comprised only 5% of directors in 2004. This represents a decline of 6 percentage points since 2000 when women accounted for 11% of all directors. In other words, in 2004 the percentage of women directors was slightly less than half the percentage in 2000.”
Professor Lauzen based this conclusion on a study which analyzed the behind-the-scenes employment of the 2,305 individuals who worked in six key roles (Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Executive Producer, Editor, & Cinematographer) in the top 250 grossing films released in the United States in calendar year 2004. These films had combined domestic box office grosses of approximately $8.4 billion.
No woman has ever received an Oscar for Best Director
& only three women have ever even been nominated:
||Nominated for Best Director
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