A study that has focused on closely monitoring the situation of women working in the film industry in Hollywood reveals that 2020 has been a banner year for female directors. And this while two feature films directed by women could not be released on time.
The Celluloid Ceiling is the most comprehensive and longest-running study ever on the employment of women in American cinema. Since 1998, The Celluloid Ceiling has tracked more or less 73,000 admissions. The twenty-third edition of this report was published by Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.
And while for 2019, there was already a record number of women who made some of the most profitable films of the year, this percentage has only increased for 2020. Regarding the key behind-the-scenes positions granted to women , the score remained in the same waters.
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In 2020, 16% of the hundred highest grossing films of the year were directed by women, compared to 12% for 2019 and 4% for the previous year. By expanding the selection to the 250 strongest feature films at the box office, the percentage of women behind the camera jumps to 18% for 2020, 13% for 2019 and 8% for 2018.
The main signatory notes that these new records were reached when two films directed by women and planned for 2020 have finally seen their release postponed:
“Even without the release of some of this year's most anticipated big-budget films, like Chloe Zhao's 'Eternals' and Cate Shortland's 'Black Widow', the percentage of women working as directors has increased slightly in 2020” .
She adds that the main data of this study lies in the confirmation of the good results of 2019:
“The good news is that we have now seen two consecutive years of growth for female directors. This breaks with a recent historical pattern in which the numbers tend to increase one year and decrease the following year. The bad news is that 80% of great films still don't have a woman at the helm ” .
It should also be noted that most of the recent successes of female directors are in the super-heroines. You need to, you can tell me.