Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

Elizabeth Banks criticizes Steven Spielberg for lack of female leads

Elizabeth Banks Elizabeth Banks accepted the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film at the Women in Film 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards on Jan. 13. Credit Getty Images
Theresa Hayes | 16 June, 2017, 04:19

While Spielberg may never match the the 28 male-driven movies with female-driven ones, he is now filming a movie titled The Papers. At that time, the 31-year-old Oprah was preparing for her movie debut that same week in The Color Purple, and likely had no idea how successful the movie would become.

Banks went on to advise the audience during her speech: "Buy a f**king ticket to a movie with a woman, take them, give them the experience of seeing incredible women on film".

While it has been noted before that most of Spielberg's films do contain male leads - Juliette Binoche even turned down Spielberg's Jurassic Park because of his insufficient use of other female leads - the fact that Banks disregarded The Color Purple so easily has led onto more questions of racial prejudices in film.

"I messed up", she wrote on Twitter. She then called out Spielberg for never having female leads in his movies. People all over social media quickly responded and pointed out that there were three female leads out of Spielberg's 30 films.

Despite her error, of the countless feature films he's made over decades, that's barely a handful of female leads. "I don't mean to call your a- out, but it's true".

"I went to Indiana Jones and Jaws and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made". "I made things worse by giving the impression that I was dismissing Shari Belafonte when she attempted to correct me when I spoke.she was kind enough to forgive me".

After seeing trophies handed out to Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, legendary newsman Dan Rather, filmmaker Mira Nair, Sony Pictures Classics' Tom Bernard and Michael Barker, and actress Zoey Deutch, Banks was the last to take the stage. Since that specific role, Goldberg has appeared in more than 80 films and television productions including the 1990 hit film Ghost, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the second black woman to win an Oscar. However, Spielberg's upcoming drama The Papers, starring Meryl Streep as Washington Post publisher Kay Graham, will be his first movie to star an adult woman since 1985.

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