Oscars 2017: Where Are All The Women At?

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The Oscars nominations might have been praised for including a more diverse range of individuals in the acting categories, but the Academy Awards are still woefully under-representing women in the non-acting categories.

A study by the Women’s Media Center – founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem – concluded that women accounted for just 20 per cent of nominees where the categories were not gender specific. This 2 per cent down on last year, the seventh consecutive year that no female directors have been nominated, and the 89th year that no female cinematographers have been nominated.

“We have a saying: ‘If you can see it, you can be it,’” Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center, told Entertainment Weekly.

Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey - Shutterstock
Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey – Shutterstock

“But in the crucial behind-the-scenes non-acting roles, our investigation shows that what you see is 80 per cent of all nominees are men. Four out of five nominees are men — meaning male voices and perspectives are largely responsible for what we see onscreen.”

Women who were nominated, however, include Ava DuVernay, who received a Best Documentary nod for the brilliant 13th – an American film about race and the US criminal justice system.

Mica Levi, the female composer behind Jackie, received the first female nomination in the Best Original Score category since 2000.

But is it enough? Not by our standards. The Academy Awards could and should do better to praise the incredible women who work behind the camera, not just in front of it.

See The Oscar 2017 Nominations In Full Here