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Bigelow's Success: Still A Rare Thing for Women in Film

February 22, 2010

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="167" caption="Bigelow at BAFTA"]Bigelow at BAFTA[/caption] Last week, The Wrap highlighted an annual report by Martha Lauzen – backed by jaw-dropping statistics – of how far women have to go in film, particularly in the field of directing. So although “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow – doubly armed with the top Director's Guild Award and, as of Sunday night, the BAFTA – is better positioned than any other woman in history to shatter the 81-year-old glass ceiling at this year’s Oscars, Lauzen points out that we should think twice before high-fiving for "the Queen of the WOORLD!": "Already in the single digits of Hollywood's directors, women actually lost ground on the directing front last year, accounting for just 7 percent of directors on the 250 top-grossing movies of 2009– a drop of 2 percent. That's the same number as 1987." In the field of writing, Lauzen’s report only gets more dismal: “Only 8 percent of writers were female, and 86 percent of the films had no female writers credited. In 2008, 12 percent of credited writers were female, and 82 percent of the films had no female writers.” But wait, there's more. Vent your frustration with Manohla Dargis at The New York Times,who rails against the fact that, although women are increasingly a force to be reckoned with at the box office, studio executives rarely give non-male directors the time of day. And click here for more research and statistics on the state of women in media. Bigelow's trailblazing deserves all of her accolades, but there's still a long road ahead.