Check out this piece: The Athena Film Festival: 10 Movies That Can Change The World

This week, ten movies were nominated for Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Pictures. Many media critics have pointed out that the nominated movies notably harkened back to an older Hollywood. We aren’t nostalgic for a bygone era … we are, Hollywood movie-wise, stuck in a bygone era: the representation of men and women, both in front of and behind the camera, is actually exactly the same as it was in 1946.

Once again, the movies nominated for Best Picture, with the exception of “The Help,” were all boy’s and men’s stories. They featured little boys, teenage boys, warriors, dads, sportsmen and writers with variously existential, redemptive and exuberant messages about war, boyhood and fatherhood. I enjoyed a lot of these films, I just wished they were more diverse and included balanced representations of girls and women. There is no denying that Hollywood is a man’s world. Literally. Despite the fact that women make up half the world and more than half of domestic movie ticket buyers,men make up 96.4 percent of directors, 86.5 percent of writers and 78.4 percent of producers in the industry.

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