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Oscars: Cate Blanchett Rips Hollywood for Treating Women as a ‘Niche’ Audience

Oscars: Cate Blanchett Rips Hollywood for Treating Women as a 'Niche' Audience

The Oscar-winner said Hollywood sees movies about women as “niche experiences”

Cate Blanchett chided Hollywood for sexism Sunday night while accepting an Academy Award for Best Actress — encouraging studios to make more movies about women.

The Oscar-winner expressed hope that the success of “Blue Jasmine” and films starring fellow nominees Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”) and Amy Adams (“American Hustle”) would break the myth that “female films with women at the center are niche experiences.”

“They are not,” Blanchett said. “Audiences want to see them. In fact, they earn money.”

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To her point, “Blue Jasmine” grossed $98 million worldwide, while “Gravity” has taken in $704 million — and that's to say nothing of franchises like ‘The Hunger Games” and “Twilight.”

Blanchett's wry wit was not just reserved for male-dominated Hollywood. She labeled the Oscars “random and subjective” while praising everyone else in her category. She said Amy Adams “blew my mind” and added that she could watch Bullock's performance “to the end of time.”

With men in the executive suites and behind the camera, Hollywood has long favored one gender.There have been marginal improvements, but Blanchett's speech is the latest reminder of how far we have to go.

  • Trish Chasity

    She is so right about that.

  • J.H.

    Bravo Cate Blanchett, and thank you.

  • NightGuest

    Cate the Great is spot on, as always.

  • DP

    How about the way women were depicted in Wolf Of Wall Street!!! I don't understand how something so disgusting could be nominated for best motion picture. Thank goodness it didn't get any awards. We were so disgusted by it that we walked out after a very short time. We were not alone. More than half of the people in the theater also left. I think the rest of them were perverts. I know the scumbag sitting behind us was. I won't tell you what he was doing to himself!! Totally disgusting. Made women look like cheap sluts!

    • Eric

      It was told from the perspective of a character who felt the same way about women as he did about money and possessions. Women with self-respect and dignity were not really present in the circles his hedonistic lifestyle intersected with. Plus it was not a flattering portrayal of men either.