The 2011 Black List recently made its annual debut.
9 of them by women.
The female presence in Hollywood has spiraled down since the inception of filmmaking. Let us not forget a few facts:
The first person to script a film was a woman.
In early Hollywood, there were almost as many female directors as male.
The majority of early film editors were women.
Today, box office purchases are approximately 53% female.
…and then comes The Black List, rearing its ugly head. People speak of the “glass ceiling” for women in entertainment – but they are sadly mistaken, for this ceiling is not composed of glass, oh, no, it is made of concrete.
The Academy Awards have been being handed out for some 84 years, and within that span of time, one woman has won for direction – Kathryn Bigelow, for “The Hurt Locker” – and four women total have been nominated in that category, while a whopping two madames have won the award for direction of a foreign film.
By my count, a total of 37 women have received a nomination for Best Screenplay, and many of these women were part of a team of screenwriters. Jane Campion stands out as one of the only solo female writers to win an Academy Award.
By Hollywood standards, we’re a pretty incapable lot, aren’t we? We can’t write. We can’t direct. We certainly can’t shoot. Hmmm… what are we good for, then?
Now, go write.
HRH, Princess Scribe