Women Continue to Loose Ground In Hollywood

Director Sophia Coppola

Since 1929, Kathryn Bigelow the only woman to have won out of the four total females to be nominated for an Oscar.

The nominations for the 89th annual Academy Awards were announced this morning and no women were nominated in the category of best director — again.

Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties), Jane Campion (The Piano), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) and Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker). Bigelow is the only woman to have won the award, back in 2010, making the ratio of female to male winners 1 to 88.  In seven years falls in line  gender equality problems Hollywood has not only in regard to  representation, but also in opportunities.Out of the top 250 highest-grossing films at the domestic box office in 2016, only 7 percent had female directors, according to a study released by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. That figure is 2 percentage points lower than in 2015, when female directors helmed 9 percent of the 250 highest-grossing domestic titles.  “Films Directed by Women Receive 63 Percent Less Distribution Than Male-Helmed Movies”, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter, “resources to help foster gender equality and promote women filmmakers are in place, like Women in Film and Women at Sundance’s Female Filmmakers Initiative as well as The Alice List, but it’s clear that the fight for equality in Hollywood is far, far from over.”

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