12 December 2019
LOS ANGELES — Elizabeth Cantillon has worked in Hollywood for three decades, first as an executive at Sony Pictures, where she helped steer the James Bond franchise, and now as a producer. In other words, she has seen it all.
But the current Oscar race has left her slack-jawed. Where are the women?
“It’s like ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’” Cantillon said on Tuesday, after female directors and films starring women were largely A.W.O.L. from the list of Golden Globe nominees. The Screen Actors Guild was similarly exclusionary on Wednesday, leaving out Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” and Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell.” Academy Awards handicappers predict that female filmmakers will also be sidelined when Oscar nominations are announced on Jan. 13.
Women have come a long way in Hollywood since 2017, when the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements swept the culture — maybe so far that the film establishment, still overwhelmingly male, is reflexively trying to throw on the brakes, said Cantillon, who has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2017.
Read the full article in The New York Times.