• August 14, 2011
    By Peter Keough

    After reading the story about Rep. Peter King threatening to investigate the White House's cooperation with Kathryn Bigelow for her upcoming Bin Laden film, I started wondering again about whether or not women have gained any ground in Hollywood since Bigelow won her Oscar.

    Well, last year was kind of a wash, Oscar-wise" Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") and Debra Granik ("Winter's Bone") got Best Picture and Best Screenwriting nominations but not Best Director and ended up winning nothing.

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  • July 12, 2011
    By Peter Keough

    Monday was the second anniversary of the release of Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker,” and she would go on to become the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director and Best Picture. But you’ve got to ask yourself, are women any better off in Hollywood now? It didn’t look that way in 2010, when almost no women in any category except in acting were nominated for anything.

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  • May 10, 2011
    By Peter Keough

    Maybe it's too much to ask for from a romantic comedy, but could "Bridesmaids,"[opens Friday] which stars and is co-written by Kristen Wiig, be the vanguard of a revolution for women in Hollywood? Let's hope so because the Oscar for Kathryn Bigelow didn't really open the floodgates for women directors. So maybe it's up to teenaged girls with guns and women in designer gowns crapping in sinks to subvert the invidious stereotypes of women on the big screen.

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