Jan 2, 2020

Female filmmakers' record-setting year

Writer-director Greta Gerwig (left) and Meryl Streep on set of "Little Women.” Photo: Wilson Webb/Sony Pictures via AP

Women directed 12 of 2019’s top 100-grossing films — the most ever recorded, AP reports.

Why it matters: The previous high in USC’s annual study was 8%, in 2008. In 2018, only 4.5% of the year’s top films were directed by women.

  • Four women of color directed one of the top 100 movies in 2019, but the number of underrepresented directors dipped to 16.8% from last year’s record of 21.4%, per AP.

Between the lines: Despite the gains, female filmmakers have been largely overlooked in this awards season.

  • No women were nominated for best director at this weekend's Golden Globes, and none of the Best Picture nominees were directed by women, either.

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Goldman Sachs CEO says bank won't take companies public without one female or minority board candidate

Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon. Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon told CNBC Thursday the investment bank won't help companies go public unless they have at least one diverse board candidate, “with a focus on women,” starting in July.

Why it matters: Government and shareholders are pressing public companies to put more women on boards. Goldman’s announcement will push some private companies to think about diversifying their boards before going public.

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"Joker" leads Oscar nominations with 11

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"Joker" led the way among Academy Award nominees on Monday, nabbing 11 nods, including Best Picture.

The big picture: The awards ceremony — like last year's — is set to be a showdown between traditional Hollywood studios and new streaming giants. Netflix's "The Irishman" and "Marriage Story" both got a nomination for Best Picture and nabbed a number of top acting nominations as well.