Oscars And Gender Prejudice: Barbra Streisand Talks On Her Long Battle With Hollywood’s Boys’ Club
It’s no secret that the Oscars have a long history of snubbing female filmmakers. Very often, when the film is nominated for the Best Picture, its director’s name appears in the Best Director category. Surely, the movie’s excellence is part of the filmmaker’s work. But the Academy has ignored many talented women, including Barbra Streisand.
Battling the boys’ club
Surely, Barbra won the Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Song. But throughout her directing career, she has been terribly overlooked. For five decades, a star, a producer, and a director has been battling the inequality and mistreatment of women in the industry.
Years ago, I was told, ‘You want control? A woman wants control? That’s crazy!
In 1983, Streisand was perfectly fine when the Academy didn’t nominate her for “Yentl.” But some years later, the situation seemed not to have improved. As she reveals, there are still not too many opportunities for female directors as only five of them have ever been nominated.
But now, the barriers that the singer attempted to break through are on everyone’s mind. There’s no doubt that women are finally gaining control. With all the movements, such as #MeToo and Time’s Up, the change is real.
Talking about politics
Currently, Streisand is on a break from her directing career. And she has strong feelings about everything that is happening. Being a Hillary Clinton supporter, she often eviscerates the president Donald Trump, believing that his nasty remarks bring out violence in other people.
As for her future plans, Barbra wants to return to director’s chair soon. And we’re looking forward to her new movies.