Number of women sitting behind the camera hasn't changed in 20 years

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In the Center's study, The Celluloid Ceiling, 11% of the directors in last year's top-grossing movies were women, though that only indicates a four-percent increase from 2016 - and the numbers across the board are dismal. But Portman's words also illuminated a deeper truth: Male directors get more opportunities than their female counterparts.

If the scale is adjusted to the top 100 films in 2017, women working behind the scenes only account for a total of 16%.

During Sunday night's Golden Globes, the most powerful women in Hollywood donned black in support of Time's Up, a new initiative created to address pay disparity, discrimination and harassment in the industry in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

The study comes as Hollywood has been plagued with sexual misconduct accusations, and in response, stars came together at Sunday's Golden Globes by wearing head-to-toe black to protest sexual harassment, abuse and gender inequality.

In many ways, 2017 was the year of the woman in the film industry. 88% of the 250 top-grossing domestic films did not have a female director, and 83% did not have a female writer.

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"Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 100, 250, and 500 Films of 2017" found that women made up 18% of all the directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers who worked on the top 250 United States films released previous year. And the percentage of women cinematographers remained the same at 4 percent. For example, in films with female directors, women comprised 68 percent of writers. From 2016 to 2017, the percentage of female directors, producers, and executive producers increased slightly, while the percentage of female writers, editors and cinematographers declined. This percentage is just 1 percent higher than the rate of women working in these behind-the-scenes roles in 1998.

Focusing on the 100 top-grossing films (excluding foreign films and reissues), which reflect numerous bigger budgeted studio features, the numbers were even less encouraging. However, the lack of female nominees, particularly in a year that included major acclaim for Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, Dee Rees's Mudbound and Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman (the ninth top-grossing film of the year), was no laughing matter.

Women were also absent from some of the key categories in the BAFTA nominations, which were announced Tuesday.

This despite the fact that female-directed feature films pulled in a huge $1.2 billion globally in 2017, proving that women have what it takes to make films people want to see.

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