Sunday, 22 August 2010

Hollywood sexism ending

Sexism has dominated Hollywood for years, but things may be changing, now.

Salt, poster
It has been known that Hollywood has been a man's world, but there are indications that women are getting noticed. For years, Hollywood has not really, in my opinion, raised the profiles of women.
In top-grossing movies of our time, men have been running the show. But now, a recent Hollywood movie may be the beginning of a process of the transformation of the world's biggest film-making outfit.

Salt, a movie directed by a man - Philip Noyce - and starring one of Hollywood's top girls - Angelina Jolie - has show that women can take lead roles in major Hollywood Action films - not just love dramas with quite low budgets.

Salt is an action thriller film about a CIA officer accused of being a KGB agent, who then goes on the run. MS Jolie who played the role was paid, I am told, no less than 20m dollars.

Angelina Jolie in one of the scenes from Salt

But quite interesting is the fact that Ms Jolie's part was to be played by a top actor, Tom Cruise, who could not take up the job because of other engagements. The screenplay was subsequently changed to suit a woman.

The seeming success of Salt follows hot on the heels of another Hollywood successful work by a woman. Remember Hurt Locker, the war film? The movie was directed by Kathryn Bigelow the former wife of James Cameron - the man behind Avatar - the biggest movie of our time, since of course the Titanic. (Cameron is of course the man behind Titanic, too)

Bigelow at the Oscars

The success of Hurt Locker and subsequent recognition of Bigelow, (the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director) is an indication that Hollywood is changing, or it isn't? 

Maybe then, change is coming to Hollywood!

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