Kathryn Bigelow

Zero Dark Thirty. Strong Female Character, But Dangerous Messages

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Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty

by A. Lynn. Cross-posted from Nerdy Feminist with permission.

So I started writing this piece yesterday. I came home all amped up from having enjoyed Zero Dark Thirty and I wanted to blog about how awesome I felt the female character was in it. In the process of researching what other people were saying to bolster my views, I came across some very legitimate concerns of the film’s depictions of torture (details later.)

It changed how I felt about the film in general, and I decided to go back and think about things with this new found information. Below are my reworked thoughts. (What an important reminder that your own personal interpretation of things, while valid and important, can often be incomplete without interacting with others and listening to what’s out there.)

I’ll try to keep this relatively spoiler free, but no guarantees. But, let’s be honest…this one of those pre-spoiled movies. It’s called history.

Anyway, I had the chance to see Zero Dark Thirty last night at an advanced screening. I went in interested, but skeptical. I like Kathryn Bigelow. I liked The Hurt Locker. And I was excited when she became the first woman to win an Oscar for best director. But I wasn’t surprised that the honor went to woman who had just directed a film that was so deeply male centric. So when I heard that Bigelow’s next feature was another war film, I kind of rolled my eyes. But then I saw the trailer and I became really intrigued. It had something which The Hurt Locker lacked…a prominent female character.

Ok, Bigelow, you have my attention. Read more

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Oscars Miss Women Directors

Something to keep in mind if you’re watching the Oscars tomorrow night. This montage from Women and Hollywood shows the correlation between the demographics of Oscar voters (older white men) and the choices they make in the Best Director Academy Award.

According to their statement accompanying the video’s release:

Because the world is paying attention to Hollywood in a bigger way this week there is an opportunity to raise awareness about gross inequities in the business.  So we here at Women and Hollywood are taking this opportunity to say that THERE NEED TO BE MORE WOMEN CONSIDERED FOR BEST DIRECTOR.

So we put together this video (it’s only a little over a minute) highlighting some of the women directed films from this past year that were passed over.  We’re not trying to say that all of them should have been nominated (though we think a couple of them should have), what we are trying to say is that we have to find a way to get women directors into these conversations.

(h/t The Mary Sue)

-Jarrah

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