Hollywood Is Blowing It With Women

Both as filmmakers and audiences: Maureen Dowd

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 5, 2014 12:47 PM CST

(Newser) – Cate Blanchett got it right at the Oscars. Hollywood is still treating women-centered films as "niche experiences"—and the industry is similarly marginalizing the women who work in it, writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. According to a San Diego State University study last year, women made up just "6% of directors, 10% of writers, 15% of executive producers, 17% of editors and 3% of cinematographers," Dowd notes. "Hollywood is disintegrating faster than it is transitioning to modernity."

Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar win doesn't seem to have changed much, and "every time that a female-driven film like Bridesmaids makes boatloads of money at the box office, it is considered a fluke, a one-off," says the professor behind the study, even though 52% of moviegoers are women. Meryl Streep put it simply: "Don't they want to make money?" she asked of Hollywood execs. Those women who do work in the industry, meanwhile, make a "paltry" amount, said Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Entertainment. But this year's box office did show a "gigantic change": "Between Gravity, Hunger Games, Frozen, The Heat, and others, that’s $4 billion. You can’t have a year like last year and not see something different," Pascal tells Dowd. Click for her full column.

Cate Blanchett poses in the press room with the award for best actress in a leading role for "Blue Jasmine" during the Oscars Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.   (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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