Oscar 2005: Progress for Female Producers

Few Oscar-winning films have been produced or co-produced by women, such as Julia Phillips for The Sting in 1973, and Lili Fini Zanuck (with husband Richard Zanuck) Driving Miss Daisy in 1989.

It is therefore a pleasure to report that, compared to direction, women in Hollywood have made substantial progress as producers. About ten Oscar contenders and high-profile pictures have been produced by women.

Consider the following

Caroline Baron, Capote (with William Vince and Michael Ohoven)

Penny Marshall, The Cinderella Man (with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard)

Carolynne Cuningham, King Kong (with Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Jan Blenkin)

Sarah Green, The New World (solo producer)

Cathy Schulman, Crash (with Don Cheadle, Bob Yari, Mark Harris, Bobby Moresco, and Paul Hagis)

Clara Markowitz, The Squid and the Whale (with Peter Newman, Wes Anderson, and Charles Corwin)

Jane Rosenthal, Rent (with Mark Radcliffe, Chris Columbus, and Robert De Niro)

Carole Fenelon, In Her Shoes (with Ridley Scott, Lisa Ellzey, and Curtis Hanson)

Kathleen Kennedy, Munich (with Spielberg and others)

Lucy Fisher, Jarhead (with Douglas Wick)

Lucy Fisher, Memoirs of a Geisha (with Douglas Wick)