POSTED January 16 2014

Where are women visible in Oscar nominations?

Oscar nominee Julie Delpy, cited for the screenplay of "Before Midnight"

Oscar nominee Julie Delpy, cited for the screenplay of “Before Midnight”

Oscar nominations are an index of where women are making inroads in Hollywood. So, apart from the lead and supporting actress categories, where were women nominated for Academy Awards this morning? In Producing, animation, documentary, production design, costume, makeup, song and screenwriting categories.

American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, and Philomena — three of the eight best picture nominees — have female co-producers.

Jennifer Lee, co-director of presumptive winner Frozen, was nominated in a category that lately is recognizing women. (For instance, Jennifer Yuh for Kung Fu Panda, Brenda Chapman, co-director of Brave, who won last year.)

Two of the feature documentary nominees have female directors of co-directors: Jehane Noujaim on The Square and  Christine Cinn on The Act of Killing.

Four of the five films nominated for their production design had female production designers or set decorators; this is a category where women dominated.

Two of the five nominees for costume design are women: Catherine Martin for The Great Gatsby and Patricia Norris for 12 Years a Slave.

In makeup and hairstyle, two of the five nominated movies have female representation: Dallas Buyers Club has two female collaborates and The Lone Ranger a female co-nominee.

One out of five of the animated shorts had a woman director two out of five out film shorts did.

Two out of five of the best song nominees had female collaborators, Karen O for Her and Kristen Anderson-Lopez for Frozen.

One of  five nominees in the original and adapted screenplay categories are female: Melissa Wallach collaborated on the screenplay for Dallas Buyers Club and Julie Delpy on Before Midnight.

While women were cited in artistic categories, they are notably absent from technical categories such as editing (Scorsese’s editor Thelma Schoonmaker was shut out), sound, cinematography and special effects.

I hoped to see Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey nominated for The Butler, was happy about Sally Hawkins’ nomination for supporting actress in Blue Jasmine. Totally bummed that  Robert Redford and Stories we Tell were snubbed.

Any surprises or disappointments for you?


  1. Joe says:

    Yes, “The Butler” is conspicuously missing. My hunch: The narrow mind set this year is that there was room for only one black-oriented film. That would be “12 Years a Slave.” “The Butler,” “Mandela: A Long to Freedom” and Black Nativity” had to go.

  2. The whole process seems more and more like Macy’s Thanksgiving Day balloon that has seen too many parades.

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