Oscar 2017: Women Behind the Scenes–Missing in Action

There wasn’t a single female director nominee.  Only one woman got nominated for writing — Hidden Figures‘ Allison Schroeder.

In cinematography, all the nominees were men, just as they have been every year since the beginning of this category.

A Women’s Media Center analysis finds that women make up only 20 percent of the non-acting nominations (37 out of 152 nominees).

Women’s best category? Documentary shorts, with 50 percent of the nominees.

Several women earned producing nominations:

Adele Romanski and Dede Gardner (Moonlight);

Donna Gigliotti and Jenno Topping (Hidden Figures);

Kimberly Steward and Lauren Beck (Manchester by the Sea);

Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn (Hell or High Water) and Angie Fielder (Lion).

That’s 9 out of the 30 producers nominated by the Academy.

Among directors, Mira Nair (Queen of Katwe) was the only woman who had a slim chance of being nominated, even though seven years have passed since Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win a directing Oscar for The Hurt Locker.

Among writers, Rebecca Miller (Maggie’s Plan) and Schroeder (who co-wrote Hidden Figures with Theodore Melfi) were the only possible contenders.

Women made up a mere 7 percent of all directors on the top 250 box-office films of 2016.

That’s a 2 percent decline from 2015, according to San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, which compiles the figures annually.

Among those top box-office films, women made up 13 percent of the writers, 17 percent of the executive producers, 24 percent of the producers, 17 percent of the editors and 5 percent of the cinematographers.

They had 17 percent of all the key non-acting roles on those films, which  represented a drop of two points from 2015.



Hollywood Reporter