Fewer Women, Minorities Directed Biggest Movies of 2022, Study Finds

Both USC Annenberg and San Diego State University have published reports this year looking at behind-the-scenes representation in films.

USC Annenberg and San Diego State University both released year-end diversity reports that take a behind-the-scenes look at the biggest films of 2022. And the results showed that Hollywood has fallen sharply over the past year.

Both studies — the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s “Inclusion in the Director’s Chair” report and the San Diego State Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film’s “Celluloid Ceiling” report — looked at the number of women who 100 best directed films of the year. This year there are only 10 women – Olivia Newman (“Where the Crawdads Sing”), Gina Prince-Bythewood (“The Woman King”), Olivia Wilde (“Don’t Worry Darling”), Jessica M. Thompson (“The Invitation”), Kat Coiro (“Marry Me”), Rosalind Ross (“Father Stu”), Halina Reijn (“Bodies Bodies Bodies”), Kasi Lemmons (“Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody”), Chinonye Chukwu ( “Till”) and Maria Schrader (“She Said”) — led one of the 100 highest-grossing films at the domestic box office that year, according to the USC study, with Prince-Bythewood, Lemmons and Chukwu being the only women of color contain.

That number equates to 9 percent out of 111 directors, according to USC figures, down from 12.7 percent in 2021 and peaking at 15 percent in 2020. SDSU had slightly different numbers, reporting that 11 percent of directors in 2022 were women were, compared to 12 percent in 2021 and 16 percent in 2020.

The Celluloid Ceiling report also examined the year’s top 250 films and found that films with at least one female director often featured more women in key behind-the-scenes roles than male-directed feature films. For female-directed films, 53 percent of writers were women (compared to 12 percent for male-directed feature films), and women made up 39 percent of editors (19 percent of male-directed films), 19 percent of cinematographers (4th percent for male films). directed films) and 18 percent of composers (6 percent for male-directed films)

The Annenberg Report also looked at filmmakers from underrepresented communities throughout the year. That year, only 11 directors were Asian, five multiracial, four black, and three Hispanic or Latino, according to the report. Universal Studios worked with five non-white directors that year, the most of any major studio, while Lionsgate, STX and 20th Century Studios employed none in 2022. Sony Pictures hired four female directors to run the major studios, while 20th Century and Walt Disney Studios worked with zero.

“Many people have traditions when they look back over the past year and the year to come,” said Dr. Stacy L. Smith, founder of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, in a statement. “It seems a tradition at the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative to bemoan how little has changed for women and people of color behind the camera in popular film. We would like to see not only tradition change, but hiring practices that continue to marginalize women and black directors.”

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Lindsay Lowe

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