And the Oscar goes to…
I remember the first time I saw Jane Campion’s The Piano. It was for my Women in Film class and as my peers and I left the classroom there was hushed conversation coming from every direction. It was one of the first films we had seen for the class that we had all been impacted by – we all were left in shock.
During our next class period our Professor told us that no female had ever won an Academy Award for Best Director and we were shocked. We couldn’t’ believe that we lived in world where women were so scarcely seen in the film industry. When Hollywood was still called Tinseltown women became involved in the film industry via the editing room. Since early editing happened through cutting and sewing (as in scissors and needles), it was common for this job to be taken by a woman – women still predominantly fill the career.
Sunday night at around 11:55pm, Kathryn Bigelow won the Academy Award for Best Director and every person in my dorm heard me scream.
So what does this mean for the film industry? Or, more importantly, what does it mean for Women in Film? Has the barrier been broken?
Even though many think it will take more for women to start their entrance into the film industry – it is still an incredible accomplishment.