Can Angelina Jolie hang with Hollywood's leading men, like Robert Downey Jr. and Denzel Washington? Just barely.
The war against gender inequality in film rages on with the New York Film Academy's latest findings. The school compiled data regarding the depiction of women in the top 500 movies from 2007 to 2012. The results are, unfortunately, in line with the continued rumblings emerging from the industry as of late, in which Sweden has introduced the Bechdel test and a USC study found that 70 percent of the speaking roles in 2012's 100 highest-grossing movies belonged to men.
The NYFA describes its study thusly: "In light of the record-breaking opening of the female-led action film 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' this past weekend, the New York Film Academy decided to take a closer look at women in film and what, if any, advancements women are making. After reviewing the data, it is clear that Hollywood remains stuck in its gender bias. Of course, it’s not all disparaging news and there are a number of female filmmakers, characters, and emerging talent challenging the status quo. In addition, in the independent sphere, women made up roughly half of the directors at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, yet still struggle when it comes to films receiving a wide release. By shedding light on gender inequality in film, we hope to start a discussion about what can be done to increase women’s exposure and power in big-budget films."
Take a look at the infographic compiled by the NYFA below.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post indicated that Sweden's adoption of the Bechdel test was mandatory. Instead, participating theaters are doing so electively.