A Few Good Women

That seems to be the quota for females in film. And the number keeps on dropping.

When is a majority a minority? When the majority (of the U.S. population) is women, and the medium is movies.

The folks behind this week's Academy Awards ceremony tried hard to make Hollywood seem a haven of equality. They devised a special tribute, "Oscar Celebrates Women and the Movies." But the salute only underlined the plight of women in movies. Something has gone deeply wrong when Hollywood, which built its worldwide appeal on boy-meets-girl, needs affirmative action for women.

"That Oscar theme is a joke," says film critic Molly Haskell, "because men are now playing all the roles. They get the...

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