Meryl Streep was in fine form at last week’s Women in Film awards! First we got this amazing video of her reaction to playing Miranda Priestly again; and now this quote where she admonishes Hollywood for not having more movies by and for women. Yes, she literally wagged her finger at Tinseltown as she said,
“In this room, we are very familiar with these dreadful statistics that detail the shocking under-representation of women in our business. Seven to ten percent of directors, producers, writers, and cinematographers [are women] in any given year. This in spite of the fact that in the last five years, five little movies aimed at women have earned over $1.6 billion: The Help, The Iron Lady believe it or not, Bridesmaids, Mamma Mia! and The Devil Wears Prada. As you can see, their profits were significant because they cost a fraction of what the big tentpole failures cost.”
Am I the only one really amused that Meryl has starred in three of the five movies she listed? Which makes her the link between them. I’m sure she would never explicitly say that she’s the reason that these female-oriented projects succeeded, but… that’s about all that a biopic, a movie musical, and a guilty-pleasure fashion dramedy have in common. We won’t let Meryl take credit for Bridesmaids, though.
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