In 2020, women directed a record number of top Hollywood films

In 2020, women directed a record number of top Hollywood films

In 2020, women directed a record number of grossing Hollywood films, according to a new study.

According to  Variety , the Center for the Study of Women in TV and Film at the University of San Diego released data showing that women represent 16% of filmmakers who worked on the top 100 most profitable films last year. For comparison, in 2019 there were 12% of them, and in 2018 – only 4%.

Despite the fact that several films directed by women have been moved to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, including “The Eternal” by Chloe Zhao and “Black Widow” by Kate Shortland, Zhao distinguished herself with “Land of the Nomads” Birds of Prey “Katie Yang and Wonder Woman 1984” by Patty Jenkins, whose fees were quite high. Even if the last two films don’t really claim to be an impressive script. 

Center Director Dr. Martha Lausen noted that the number of female directors has increased for the second year in a row. In the past, the trend was wave – one year an increase, the next decreasing.

In addition, the number of women executives, producers and filmmakers has increased. At the same time, the number of women among screenwriters and editors fell to 8% and 5%, respectively.

A film with at least one female director has a high chance of getting women in other roles, according to research. 

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