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"And the Oscar Goes To..."

Posted by Ryan Morgan on February 28, 2014 at 1:24 PM
The annual broadcast of the Academy Awards will take place this Sunday evening on NBC. Here are some tips to filling out your “Oscar Ballot” or office pool on who the big winners will be. Best Actress will likely go to someone who played a wife, mother or girlfriend. Jan Diehm at the Huffington Post has laid out the trends of female and male winners of the Best Actress and Actor Oscars. It isn't a pretty sight for actresses who portrayed strong, independent women.

This comes on the heels of the annual “The Status of Women in the US Media” report from the Women’s Media Center. Their research showed that “women had fewer speaking roles than in any year since 2007” and “females snagged 28% of roles with speaking parts.” Think that women will be recognized for their work behind the camera? Not likely. According to the report, “for production of the 250 top-grossing domestically made films of 2013, women accounted for 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors.” That gives men an 84% edge over their female counterparts. And this trend goes beyond simply “who takes home the gold” on Sunday. A report from the New York Film Academy found that the 2013 “highest paid actress (Angelina Jolie) made roughly the same amount as the two lowest paid male actors (Liam Neeson; Denzel Washington).” Women Earners After last year’s insulting and sexist broadcast, I’m hoping that the selection of a female host (Ellen DeGeneres in her 2nd hosting gig) is the first of many steps that the Academy is taking to highlight the contributions of women to the film industry… but I’m prepared to see only wives, mothers and girlfriends.

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