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15 Oscar Firsts and Records for Women [Lady Bits]


I love award show fashion. Most of the time, watching red carpet arrivals and critiquing celebrity fashion is more entertaining than watching the award show itself. But the 2013 Oscars were a reminder that women have a long way to go in the film industry. The female celebs looked gorgeous, and I don’t discount the huge amount of effort that goes into looking that flawless. But they don’t give out a “Best Dressed” Oscar, and it’s pretty sad that fashion is the only Oscar discussion that tends to be dominated by female faces.

Sunday night, we saw 30 men and 9 women collect awards. That’s a pretty dramatic gap, no? Currently, women only make up about 18% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors working on the top 250 grossing films each year. That number has grown quite a bit over the last few decades, but it’s still shockingly small. And as Seth MacFarlane’s sexist jokes showed us (you can read about that here, here, and here), the film industry and its award shows can be frustrating places for women.

So we’re celebrating the women who have made Oscar firsts and set records – there was even a new one this year. Click through the gallery to learn more!

Garnet is a student at Columbia University in New York City. She is “that person” who starts dancing at a party when everyone else is standing around, and if there were a Facebook stalking Olympics, she would be a gold medalist. She also loves cheesy 90s music, and almost died of happiness when Vanilla Ice retweeted her. Once. Follow her on Twitter @garnethenderson.

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