The first time that a woman was nominated for Best Cinematographer in the nine decades of Oscar history was in 2018. In that year, Rachel Morrison finally broke the gender barrier and received, but did not win, the nomination for the movie Mudbound. In 1980, Brianne Murphy became the first female cinematographer to be invited to join the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). She remained the only woman member for fifteen years. Today, only 4% of the members of ASC are women. Let’s learn about these accomplished cinematographers.
While women have been involved in all aspects of the movie business from the beginning, and scrambling for gender parity for more than a century, film historians long ago pointed their spotlights on the triumphs of men, and thousands of women’s stories disappeared.
Hollywood: Her Story won two 2019 Best Book Awards and was a Finalist in two other categories. We won Best Interior Design Award and Performing Arts. We were a finalist in Best Cover Design: Non-Fiction and Novelty & Gift Book.
The Best Director Oscar was awarded for the first time at the inaugural Oscars in 1929. Since that time,
only five women have been nominated for Best Director, with just one win. The first woman wasn’t
nominated for Best Director until almost fifty years after the Academy Awards began – in 1977. That
was Lina Wertmuller. The first woman to win the Best Director Oscar was Kathryn Bigelow in
2010. Let’s learn more about these five amazing directors.
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Women film editors have excelled since the silent film era. One of the very first cutters (as editors were
known in the early days), Oscar contender Viola Lawrence started her editing work in 1912 and later
became supervising editor at Columbia Pictures. Oscar winner Anne Bauchens edited Cecil B.
DeMille’s films from 1915 until 1956. Many women followed in the footsteps of these film editing
Early women directors Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber and Dorothy Arzner developed significant techniques that are used in filmmaking today. Let’s learn about these remarkable women in this month’s ENewsletter and their contributions to the movies.Read More
We were very pleased that our presentation to WIFMCO on August 14, 2019 was listed by Hoodline as one of the five compelling events in Denver.
Barbara Bridges and Jill Tietjen’s new book Hollywood: Her Story, An Illustrated History of Women and the Movies is featured in The Women’s Foundation of Colorado Summer 2019 Newsletter.
Directors whose movies are nominated for Best Motion Picture Oscars or Golden Globes usually receive a similar nod for Best Director. Surprisingly, Barbra Streisand was not nominated for a Best Director Oscar for Yentl and, similarly, Ava DuVernay did not receive a Best Director Oscar nomination for Selma. In this month’s ENewsletter, we profile these two exceptional movie directors.