Sunday, February 26, 2012

Women & the Academy Awards (by Suzie)

While many media outlets cover women's fashion at the Oscars, few will note that men dominate, especially in the more prestigious categories, and this reflects the filmmaking industry in general. Read Martha Lauzen at the Women's Media Center:
According to the annual Celluloid Ceiling study released by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, women comprised only 18 percent of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films in 2011. This represents an increase of 2 percentage points from 2010 but a decrease of one percentage point from 2001.

By role, women accounted for 5 percent of directors, 14 percent of writers, 18 percent of executive producers, 25 percent of producers, 20 percent of editors, and 4 percent of cinematographers last year. The abysmally low number of women working as directors is especially troubling, as women comprised 9 percent of directors in 1998—so much for creeping incrementalism.
Also, you should read Melissa Silverstein at Women and Hollywood, who put together the video above. Feminists who don't care about Hollywood may still recognize that media from a male perspective shapes our culture.
ETA: I've been checking on the Oscars at the NYT, and I was shocked by the large ad for Giorgio Armani. The models are frighteningly thin.