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.
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.
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