The Technical Academy Awards- For Guys Only?

by Melissa Silverstein on February 23, 2010

in Awards,Sexism

If you didn’t know any better after reading this AP article on the Academy’s technical awards you’d think that only men worked in Hollywood. This piece is one of the strangest takes on the industry that I have seen in a while.

Here’s the first line:

Forty-five men you’ve probably never heard of were honored with an Academy Awards ceremony of their own that recognized scientific and technical achievements in moviemaking.

The event awarded the “nerds” of Hollywood, the techies, who are clearly smart, but please don’t tell me that only guys work in this area.

Wouldn’t a better story have been, here we are giving out the technical academy awards and you’d think in 2010 there would be a woman on the winner list. Huh? What’s wrong with this picture?

But no, nobody thinks to ask these questions. So I will. What is wrong with this picture?  How can this be a celebration of anything when only men are recognized?

Motion picture academy honors nerds of filmmaking (AP via Yahoo)

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Yvonne February 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that a young, beautiful actress was picked to host these guy-centric awards, either. Sigh.

Katie February 23, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Do you want an answer to the “Don’t tell me only guys work in this field?” question. The answer is the technology field in general is still 85 percent male, Hollywood or not. Talk about gender discrmimination. So I’m not shocked that this is all men,

sally February 23, 2010 at 4:48 PM

And the truth of it is: the numbers of women are declining, particularly in this recession. And recently, many tech companies won the right to keep the number of women hired as a “trade secret.” No other industry has EVER been allowed to keep basic stats of their hires and their race and sex secret. I wonder why it’s not a huge story in the news.

And the companies dealing with the sexy internet, animation, mobile, and hot technology will not promote the tiny women they have to real power positions. Their leadership, without exception, looks like a dude nation.

Magenta February 23, 2010 at 5:18 PM

It’s not just in Hollywood. I’m a female French-Canadian filmmaker and in Quebec and Canada, it’s the same. Less than 20% of the grants are given to women when there’s a 50% submission rate from women. Same for our “Canadian Oscars”, it’s mostly men.

It’s infuriating. It’s really hard getting financing for women, especially when you are working on a “so-called feminist” film about women not wanting kids. Yipes!

Anyhow if the subject interests you and if you can read Frecnh, I have a blog about women’s issues with filmmaking in Quebec called Maman? Non merci! (The title of the movie, which roughly translates as Being a mother? No thanks!)

Check out my website (by my name up there) to access my blog :)

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