Women barely represented by Oscar nominations again

By Daniel S Levine,

There may have been 10 performances by actresses nominated for Oscars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Thursday, but those nominees made up nearly a third of all nominations for women. A study found that no women were nominated in seven of the 19 categories.

The Women’s Media Center crunched the numbers and found that just 31 women were nominated for an Oscar yesterday. A total of 151 men were nominated.

As TheWrap notes, the group pointed out that no women were nominated in the Directing, Cinematography, Film Editing and Music (Original Score) categories. No women were nominated for any of these last year, either.

There are only two women in the writing categories, but both are nominated with male writing partners. Actress Julie Delpy was nominated for her work on Before Midnight’s adapted screenplay with co-star Ethan Hawke and director Richard Linklater. Melisa Wallack was nominated for Dallas Buyers Club in the original category and her co-nominee is Craig Borten.

The category with the most women was Production Design, which features seven women and four men.

These numbers come just days after the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University released its annual study on the number of women in the entertainment industry. Researchers found that women make up just 16 percent of those with key roles in film. That’s lower than 1998, the year the study began.

You can check out the full list of nominees here.

image of Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in Before Midnight: Despina Spyrou/image.net

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