Oscar Names Short Again To Recognize Female Talent – Deadline

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Confirming data reported by Deadline last month, a new study from the Women’s Media Center found that 75% of all Oscar nominations without an actor this year went to men.

“The 2019 Oscar nominations were disappointing for the women behind the camera,” the group wrote in their report (read it here), “with no female nominees in directing, cinematography, editing, original music and visual effects and a The only woman nominated in animated feature film and in each of the two writing categories. Industry-wide efforts to improve gender parity have had some impact, but not as much as expected. “

The report’s findings are the same as the deadline reported on January 22, shortly after the Oscar nominations were announced.

“An Oscar nomination can open doors,” said Jane Fonda, co-founder of the Women’s Media Center. “With three out of four non-acting appointments going to men, women, again, lack that seal of approval.” Fonda won two Acting Oscars and was nominated for five more.

Women’s Media Center

“In a year with so many films directed by women, it’s a blow to an industry that seemed to be taking a different direction after the nomination of Greta Gerwig last year for Lady Bird and mobilization around the Time’s Up and Me Too movements, ”the report says. “Instead, no female director was nominated, and no female-directed films were nominated.”

WMC President Julie Burton said: “Once again this year, women’s talent has gone unrecognized in many of the most powerful behind-the-scenes categories such as directing, cinematography and editing. Since the Women’s Media Center began counting the number of female Oscar nominees non-actors in 2006, the overall percentage of female nominees has increased from 18 percent to 25 percent. According to this calculation, it will take another 50 years for women to be represented in the Academy as well. We need industry leaders to join us and hire more women, especially women of color, in front of and behind the camera. “

More information in the report: “What seems clear is that when productions have made an effort to hire women on films, and these films are then considered for best picture, it increases the total number. nominated women. … Some studios have made progress in their management of gender parity. Disney, in particular, has taken dramatic steps to break up Pixar’s boys’ club, its acclaimed animation studio, with Dream Big Princess, a program that has selected 21 girls and women from 13 countries to develop short films.

And for the very first time ever, a Pixar short film directed by a woman – Bao – was nominated for an Oscar. It was the first of 35 short films directed by a woman at Pixar.

Overall, this year, while there aren’t any high-profile nominations for women who make the news often, like best director or cinematography, some individual craft categories show a slight increase. for women, ”the report concludes. “This is particularly true in the short film categories, fertile ground for future filmmakers. Looking ahead, there is hope that movements for representation and equality, such as those represented by #OscarsSoWhite and #OscarsSoMale, and the efforts of powerful actors to have “inclusion riders” written into their contracts, will change those numbers for various cheeky going women. But the Oscar nominations in 2019 do not yet reflect the gender parity or racial inclusiveness activists they are aiming for.

Women’s Media Center


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