Helen Mirren calls out Sam Mendes for not citing any women directors as inspiration (Video)

By Gina DiFalco,

Helen Mirren reminded director, Sam Mendes, that men aren’t the only ones who should be praised for their directorial efforts.

While accepting her “Legend” award at the Empire Awards this past weekend, she cited Mendes’ acceptance speech when he won the “Inspiration” award earlier that night for how “bloke-y” the industry is.

Mendes thanked male directors such as Paul Thomas Anderson, François Truffaut, Martin Scorsese and Ingmar Bergman for inspiring him to perfect his craft, much to the dismay of Mirren, who pointed that he hadn’t cited any women as inspiration.

“The next Sam gets up and makes his, or hopefully her, speech, there will be two or three or four or five women’s names there. There are some wonderful, wonderful female directors coming up, many of them are British and it’s so exciting to see that. Go girls!” she said, EW reports.

"It was great to hear Sam [Mendes'] list of moments that inspired him... I did however note there was not one woman's name there, behind the camera," The Telegraph reported her as saying. "Nothing against Sam … I hope, I pray, I know in five or 10 years, when the next Sam gets up and make his or hopefully her speech … there will be 2 or 3 or 4 women's names there.”



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