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Women Missing From Oscar Nominations

| January 10, 2013

The nominees for the 85th Academy Awards are out this morning and once again it’s women who’ve been left out of the picture.

Across 19 categories 140 men were nominated for awards versus 35 women.**  This year there are no female nominees for Directing, Cinematography, Film Editing, Writing (Original Screenplay) or Music (Original Score). The single woman nominated for a writing award, for best adapted screenplay, is Lucy Alibar for Beasts of the Southern Wild, who shares credit with Benhn Zeitlin (who’s also been nominated for Best Director). 

Awards nominees provide a “snapshot” of the film industry, and the image that emerges is one where men fill all of the top roles, and most of the other positions as well. Click here to compare how the ratios stacked up last year.

Academy Award Categories with No Women Nominated*

Directing (Number of Men Nominated: 5)
Number of women nominated last year: 0

Cinematography (Number of Men Nominated: 5)
Number of women nominated last year: 0

Writing, original screenplay (Number of Men Nominated: 5)
Number of women nominated last year: 2

Film Editing (Number of Men Nominated: 7)
Number of women nominated last year: 2

Music, original score (Number of Men Nominated: 5
Number of women nominated last year: 0

Visual Effects (Number of Men Nominated: 20)
Number of women nominated last year: 0

Sound Mixing (Number of Men Nominated: 15)
Number of women nominated last year: 1

Academy Award Categories with Exactly 1 Woman Nominated

Writing, adapted screenplay (Number of Men Nominated: 5)
Number of women nominated last year: 1

Animated Feature Film (Number of Men Nominated: 6)
Number of women nominated last year: 1

Sound Editing (Number of Men Nominated: 7)
Number of women nominated last year: 1

Short Film, live action (Number of Men Nominated: 7)
Number of women nominated last year: 2

Short Film, animated (Number of Men Nominated: 4)
Number of women nominated last year: 3

Academy Award Categories with 2 or More Women Nominated

Best Picture: 8 women nominated, 16 men
Documentary, short subject: 5 women nominated, 5 men
Documentary, feature: 3 women nominated, 8 men
Makeup & Hairstyling: 3 women nominated, 5 men
Production Design: 5 women nominated, 6 men
Music, original song: 2 women nominated, 8 men
Costume Design: 4 women nominated, 1 man

*As of 1 pm 1/10/13 under some categories the Academy Awards currently list TBA under the names nominated. This is why the nominees for Documentary Feature are not listed at this time. We will update the figures when the Academy Awards releases the names for that category. Numbers reflect all people mentioned in nomination, including multiple names for same film.

** Updated 1/30/13 to include figures for Documentary Feature.

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