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    Disney Crowns Brave's Merida a Princess

    In completely baffling and disturbing news, Disney has decided to make Brave heroine, Merida into their 11th Disney Princess.

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    Women Deserved Better at the 2013 Oscars

    With Seth McFarlane hosting the Oscars, we here at Women and Hollywood weren’t expecting much. But the sexist, racist, homophobic and completely unfunny spree that McFarlane hosted was even worse than imagined.

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    Emmanuelle Riva, Lynne Ramsay and Juno Temple Win at 2013 BAFTAS

    On Sunday, the BAFTAS held their annual awards ceremony. As awards season comes to a close, there weren’t many upsets but a couple interesting things of note. Emmanuelle Riva won lead actress for Amour. Brenda Chapman won for best animated film with Brave. Lynne Ramsay’s short film Swimm...

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    New York Times Says ‘Female Directors Gain Ground, Slowly.’ Should We Wait That Long?

    The great Carrie Rickey published a piece in the New York Times this past weekend with the depressing headline ‘Female Directors Gain Ground, Slowly’. The piece reported that in 2012, by their count, women directors hit a recent high of 9% of the 250 top grossing films.  That number...

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    The Academy Snubs Kathryn Bigelow for History Making Second Best Director Nomination

    I sit here ruminating, fulminating and seething, thinking about how Kathryn Bigelow could have been overlooked for a second best director nomination.  I'm pretty sure the people who thought Ben Affleck was also a sure thing are wondering how this could have happened to him.

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    Heroines of Cinema: An A-Z of Women in Film in 2012

    Given the difficulty in characterising a single year in film, even through a specific prism such as gender, I have opted for the catalogue format of an A-Z review.

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    2 Women Directed Animated Features on Oscar Shortlist

    21 animated features have made it to the Oscar shortlist for best animated feature. Since over 16 films were submitted, a maximum of 5 films can be nominated. However, of these 21 animated features—that range from major animated features such as Wreck-It Ralph to independent animated films lik...

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    Cross Post: I Was Hired Because I Was A Woman

    Yep. You read correctly. I was hired because I was a woman.

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    Director Brenda Chapman Says Disney Animation Hired Her Because She Was A Woman

    Animation fans were shocked when, a year-and-a-half before the film’s release, animation giant Pixar fired Brenda Chapman, an animation vet and the studio’s first female director (she was also the only female member of the studio’s vaunted Brain Trust creative committee), from her deeply personal fi...

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    Cross Post: Brenda Chapman on Writing BRAVE

    Cross Post: Brenda Chapman on Writing BRAVE

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