Hollywood witnessed a record number of women to call the shots on major movies in 2020, according to a new study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, reports Variety.com.
Also, women represented 16% of directors working on the 100 highest-grossing films in 2020, a high-water mark for female representation behind the camera. The figure is up from 12 percent in 2019 and a lowly 4% in 2018.
The year 2020 saw some of big budget films had female filmmakers, such as Chloe Zhao’s “The Eternals” and Cate Shortland’s “Black Widow,” had their releases pushed into 2021. Zhao did helm the Oscar hopeful “Nomadland,” while other female filmmakers such as Cathy Yan (“Birds of Prey”) and Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman 1984”) oversaw some of the year’s highest-profile releases, reports Variety.com.
The study has been issued for two decades and is overseen by the center’s director Dr. Martha Lauzen.
“The good news is that we’ve now seen two consecutive years of growth for women who direct. This breaks a recent historical pattern in which the numbers trend up one year and down the next. The bad news is that fully 80% of top films still do not have a woman at the helm,” Lauzen said in a statement.
The study also found that films with at least one female director were much more likely to hire women to be editors, cinematographers, or other key behind-the-scenes roles. For instance, on films with female directors, women comprised 53 percent of writers whereas on films with exclusively male directors, women accounted for 8% of writers.