For Every Woman Working in the Film Industry, There are Five Men
Thanksgiving weekend is the start of big holiday movie season. Of the six biggest films coming out on the day before Thanksgiving this year, three center on female characters (Philomena, The Book Thief, and Disney's Frozen) and the fourth (Black Nativity) has a very gender-balanced cast. Of the remaining two big movies coming out today, one has women in about 25 percent of its roles and the other is written by Sylvester Stallone.
That's actually a comparatively women-centric line-up for Thanksgiving weekend. This week, the folks at the New York Film Academy put together this interesting infographic about women in film that has me thinking about the how the way women are represented in film certainly stems in part from who is behind the scenes in the industry.
Read the full infographic and its sources at the New York Film Academy.
While women make lots of great films—women directed roughly half the films screened at Sundance this past year—they often have trouble getting their scripts to screen and are overlooked for Oscars. I wonder whether momentum at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to diversify (including hiring its third-ever woman as its president) will actually lead to more women being nominated for Oscars and higher pay for women in the film industry.
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