Women Directed Record 12% of Top 100-Grossing Films in 2019, Study Finds
A record 10.6% of the directors of 2019’s top 100-grossing movies were women, directing 12% of Hollywood’s biggest hits last year, according to the latest study by Stacy L.
Smith and USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.That’s the best gender representation since Smith and her team began studying the prevalence of female directors in 2007 — though the overall percentage remains 4.8% across all 13 years of the research.
The top-grossing female filmmaker was Jennifer Lee, who co-directed the year’s No.
4 domestic box office hit, “Frozen II,” with Chris Buck.“This is the first time we have seen a shift in hiring practices for female film directors in 13 years,” Smith said, noting that Universal alone had five films in the top 100 with female directors: Jill Culton’s “Abominable,” Melina Matsoukas’ “Queen & Slim,” Tina Gordon’s “Little,” Gail Mancuso’s “A Dog’s Journey” and Kasi Lemmons’ “Harriet” (through art-house division Focus Features).
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