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October 28, 2019

Geena Davis receives honorary Oscar for work against gender bias

Actress Geena Davis urged Hollywood filmmakers to take new steps to address an ongoing gender imbalance in media as she accepted an honorary Oscar on Sunday for her work to promote more women on screen. While equality for women lags throughout U.S. society, it is even worse in film and television, said Davis, the “Thelma and Louise” star who founded a nonprofit research group called the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2004. “However abysmal the numbers are in real life, it’s far worse in fiction – where you make it up!” said Davis as she accepted the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. “We make it worse.” Read More…

October 28, 2019

League of Their Own Reunion! Tom Hanks Presents Honor to Geena Davis at Governors Awards

There’s no crying in baseball — or in winning awards, for that matter.
Tom Hanks presented his A League of Their Own costar Geena Davis with an Honorary Oscar on Sunday as part of the 11th Annual Governors Awards. Held at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles, Hanks, 63, introduced Davis, 63, as she took home the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work in gender equality.
“Back in 1992, Geena and about 600 other women, and one guy — one guy — starred in a film focused directly on gender bias,” he said in his speech, referencing the film’s all-star female cast, which included Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell, among others. Read More…

October 28, 2019

At Governors Awards, Lina Wertmuller Renames the Oscar and David Lynch Is a Man of Few Words

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Supporting Actor contender Tom Hanks (who hasn’t been nominated since “Cast Away” in 2001), presented the statuette to his “League of Their Own” costar and “tall drink of water” Geena Davis, who starred in “The Fly,” “Beetlejuice” and Oscar-nominated “Thelma & Louise,” and took home an Oscar 30 years ago for “The Accidental Tourist,” and went on to found the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. “Who better to present Geena Davis with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award than a white guy who’s been on the cover of AARP Magazine?” said Hanks. “She’s hilarious in person, delightful at a distance, and even better up close.” And, he pointed out, she’s an Olympic-level archer. “Do not cross Geena Davis.” Read More…

October 28, 2019

Almodóvar y Banderas, en la rampa de despegue para los Óscar

Sobre el papel, esta gala, más íntima y menos mediática que los Óscar (no se retransmite por televisión en directo), sirve para entregar los galardones honoríficos de la Academia, que esta vez fueron para David Lynch, Wes Studi, Lina Wertmüller y Geena Davis. Pero en los círculos de Hollywood, esta ceremonia significa otra cosa: el comienzo no oficial de la temporada de premios. Read More…

October 28, 2019

‘The Annas?’: Oscar honorees target Hollywood gender equality

Hollywood’s female filmmakers set out plans to achieve gender equality Sunday as actress Geena Davis and director Lina Wertmuller collected honorary Oscars at a star-studded ceremony focused on diversity. “Thelma and Louise” star Davis told the annual Governors’ Awards in Los Angeles how the feminist road movie had prompted her lifelong campaign for gender balance at the movies. “It made me realize in a very powerful way how few opportunities we give women to come out of a movie feeling excited and empowered by female characters,” said Davis of “Thelma and Louise.” Read More…

October 28, 2019

Groundbreaking quartet honored with special Oscars

Filmmakers David Lynch and Lina Wertmuller and actor Wes Studi received honorary Oscars on Sunday, Oct. 27 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, while the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award went to actress/activist Geena Davis to honor her efforts on behalf of gender equality. Davis, 63, is being recognized for being “a passionate advocate for gender equality in media,” according to an Academy statement. She is the founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a nonprofit dedicated to educating and influencing film and television content creators to eliminate gender bias and stereotypes and create a wide variety of female characters in entertainment and media aimed at children. Read More…

October 28, 2019

First woman ever nominated for the Best Director gets her Oscar

Lina Wertmüller, the first woman ever to be nominated in the Best Director category at the Academy Awards, has been given an honorary Oscar. The 91-year-old Italian screenwriter and director was nominated for her movie Seven Beauties in 1976, a World War II drama which she also wrote. The category was hotly contested, with Wertmüller up against Ingmar Bergman for Face To Face, Sidney Lumet for Network, Alan J. Pakula for All The President’s Men, and John G. Avildsen for Rocky (Avildsen ended up winning). Wertmüller is one of only five women to ever be nominated in the director’s category, and also received nominations for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor for Giancarlo Giannini.

October 28, 2019

Inside the Governors Awards: A night of celebration that calls for change

“This is an anxiety-free zone,” Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Rubin said in his introduction to this year’s Governors Awards. “This is a Hollywood party in the best sense.” This proved a hard sentiment to argue with. On Sunday, at the 11th annual special Oscars ceremony — for a variety of lifetime achievements — the Ray Dolby Ballroom of the Hollywood & Highland Center was flooded with the town’s brightest stars. Legends abounded, first and foremost the Governors Award recipients: David Lynch, Geena Davis, Wes Studi, and Lina Wertmüller, artists who’ve contributed to and transformed the medium over decades. But as always, the event also marked a major stop on this year’s campaign trail. Think of a contender for a 2020 Oscar nomination, and they were probably in the room. Read More…

October 28, 2019

Governors Awards: Calls for gender parity; selfies with Dr. Ruth

During his opener to the Governors Awards on Sunday night, Jamie Foxx name-checked his “Django Unchained” collaborators Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio, heaped praise on Tom Hanks with such enthusiasm that Hanks had no choice but to stand and do a little dance in response, and then finally brought a reluctant Eddie Murphy on stage because … why not? But the real charge in the ceremony came a bit later when two of the evening’s honorees, actress and activist Geena Davis and Italian director Lina Wertmüller, called on film industry leaders and academy members to take a hard look at gender inequity in movies and actually do something about it. Davis asked studio executives and producers to do an immediate gender and diversity pass on their projects, noting that “no matter how abysmal the numbers are in real life, they’re far worse in fiction.” “People characterize Hollywood as full of bleeding-heart liberals — hardly!” Davis said. “If we are supposed to be a bunch of ‘intersectional, gender-fluid feminists,’ then let’s do it up right.” Read More…

October 28, 2019

Governors Awards: Famed director calls for ‘a female Oscar’ named Anna

Such was the siren call sent by famed Italian director Lina Wertmüller at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 11th annual Governors Awards Sunday night, as the 91-year-old received her honorary Oscar. Also honored was Geena Davis, 63, who was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work as an advocate for gender equality. Tom Hanks introduced his “A League of Their Own” co-star, happily bringing the crowd back to their Dottie Hinson and Jimmy Dugan days. Davis said if those gathered were going to be labeled as Hollywood liberals, they may as well lean in and take action addressing gender disparity in scripts. “If we’re supposed to be a bunch of gender-fluid intersectional feminists, then by god, let’s do it right!” she deadpanned. Read More…

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