Video: Dear Oscars, Consider These Female Directors

There have only been four women nominated for the Oscar for best director in the history of the Academy Awards and the first one didn’t win until 2010 (Kathyrn Bigelow.) Four women! In the span of 84 years! That is not a lot. Of course, when you hear about statistics for women working in Hollywood, that number makes perfect sense. Behind all the glitz, glamor and fashion of films it is still a male dominated industry. Only 7% of the top 250 top-grossing films released in 2010 were directed by women, 10% were written by women and 24% were produced by women. George Clooney recently said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:

“There’s this strange thing that’s happened over the last 25 or 30 years where there’s this decision being made that women aren’t able to carry the box office. Now, Bridesmaids has proved that to be bullsh*t, and The Help has proven it to be bullsh*t. But it’s much harder to get a film with a woman lead made. When a man hits 40 is when roles just begin to happen. And for women it doesn’t happen. I find that to be a very concerning issue.”

But we need to get more women behind the camera because early research shows that when the number of women in behind the camera roles increases, so do the roles for women in front of the camera and so does the content interesting to women and girls worldwide. And then we can get nominated for more Oscars! Except then we face the problem of the majority of Academy voters being white men over the age of 50. Our friend Elisa Kreisinger, the mastermind behind the video remix site Pop Culture Pirate, made an awesome video along with her colleague Melissa Silverstein for  Women And Hollywood showing the lack of women in the director’s chair and some of the wonderful, talented women that made quality films this year that the Academy passed over (there are no women nominated for best director this year by the way.) Elisa said she made the video because:

“We’ve moved beyond the issue of ‘not enough women making work.  As a result, it’s important to honor prominent female directors here in an effort to encourage more women to write and direct their own work, open the conversation about women-made narratives and shed light on who decides what narratives get honored, why and how that affects our popular culture.”

Watch the video below and keep these women in mind when you watch The Oscars this Sunday night:

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