awards season 2014

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REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN AT THE THE ACADEMY AWARDS SINCE 1927

With all of the Oscar-buzz right now, I figured it was important that we take a moment to look at the marginalization of women in film, off-camera specifically, that has made no sign of improvement in the 86 years that the Academy Awards have existed. In fact, in 1947, 6% of winners were female. In 2011, the number was 7%. (Both percentages include acting awards).

And here we are in 2015. The first African American woman with a chance at a Best Director nominee. A year full of successful films shot by women (The Rover, The Skeleton Twins, Cake). But yet, unsurprisingly, each of the above listed categories are still limited to men this year. (Except Boyhood editor Sandra Adair). With almost nine decades behind us, and yet such little progress, it becomes difficult to believe that the glass ceiling for creative and talented women in this industry is even remotely penetrable.

Who is your favorite female filmmaker? (any and all disciplines welcome).

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Thank you so much to the Academy. As random and as subjective as this award is, it means a great deal in a year of extraordinary, yet again, extraordinary performances by women… And me, I’m here excepting an award in an extraordinary screenplay by Woody Allen. Thank you so much, Woody, for casting me. I truly appreciate it. I’m so very proud that Blue Jasmine stayed in the cinemas for as long as it did.