After All, Oscar Is a Guy.

Don’t think “dick flick” is synonymous with “mainstream” and “venerated”?  Check out these Academy Award Best Picture winners of the last 20+ years.

Half of these deservingly acclaimed films are dick flicks.  Half is not unreasonable, one might say, considering that only slightly more than half the general population is female.  But take into account that most Not-A-Dick Flicks boast only one lead female character, and dick flicks have ZERO.  Add in the number of male stars carrying these revered films single-handedly (seven) versus the number of lone female stars (you guessed it – – zip), and what do you get?

Roughly three quarters of the leading roles in the most honored films of our lifetime went to men.  Apparently seventy-five percent of the important and noteworthy stories in the universe unfold in a world stripped of women.

Again, no disrespect to the titles on this page — they are (mostly) excellent works of cinema.  And as you run, Forrest, run! to your mailbox or laptop or library to rewatch some of your favorites, consider this:  only four women have ever, EVER been nominated for the Academy’s Best Director award, and the female screenwriter’s prospects aren’t much more hopeful.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Best Picture winners

  • The Artist, 2011
    • Stars:  Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo
    • Director:  Michel Hazanavicius
    • Writer:  Michel Hazanavicius
  • The King’s Speech, 2010
    • Stars:  Colin Firth
    • Director:  Tom Hooper
    • Writer:  David Seidler
  • The Hurt Locker, 2009
    • Stars:  Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie
    • Director:  Kathryn Bigelow
    • Writer:  Mark Boal
  • Slumdog Millionaire, 2008
    • Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto
    • Director: Danny Boyle
    • Writers: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Vikas Swarup (novel)
  • No Country for Old Men, 2007
    • Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin
    • Directors: Joel & Ethan Coen
    • Writers: Joel & Ethan Coen (screenplay), Cormac McCarthy (novel)
  • The Departed, 2006
    • Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson
    • Director: Martin Scorsese
    • Writers: William Monahan (screenplay), Alan Mak and Felix Chong (2002 screenplay)
  • Crash, 2005
    • Stars: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle
    • Director: Paul Haggis
    • Writers: Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco
  • Million Dollar Baby, 2004
    • Stars: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman
    • Director: Clint Eastwood
    • Writers: Paul Haggis (screenplay), F.X. Toole (stories)
  • Lord of the Rings:  Return of the Kings, 2003
    • Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom
    • Director: Peter Jackson
    • Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson (screenplay)
  • Chicago, 2002
    • Stars: Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere
    • Director: Rob Marshall
    • Writers: Bill Condon (screenplay), Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb (musical), Maurine Dallas Watkins (play)
  • A Beautiful Mind, 2001
    • Stars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly
    • Director: Ron Howard
    • Writers: Akiva Goldsman (screenplay), Sylvia Nasar (book)
  • Gladiator, 2000
    • Stars: Russell Crowe
    • Director: Ridley Scott
    • Writers: David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson
  • American Beauty, 1999
    • Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening
    • Director: Sam Mendes
    • Writer: Alan Ball
  • Shakespeare in Love, 1998
    • Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes
    • Director: John Madden
    • Writers: Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard
  • Titanic, 1997
    • Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
    • Director: James Cameron
    • Writer: James Cameron
  • The English Patient, 1996
    • Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Kristen Scott Thomas
    • Director: Anthony Minghella
    • Writers: Anthony Minghella (screenplay), Michael Ondaatje (novel)
  • Braveheart, 1995
    • Stars: Mel Gibson
    • Director: Mel Gibson
    • Writer: Randall Wallace
  • Forrest Gump, 1994
    • Stars: Tom Hanks
    • Director: Robert Zemeckis
    • Writers: Eric Roth (screenplay), Winston Groom (novel)
  • Schindler’s List, 1993
    • Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes
    • Director: Steven Spielberg
    • Writers: Steven Zaillian (screenplay), Thomas Keneally (book)
  • Unforgiven, 1992
    • Stars: Clint Eastwood
    • Director: Clint Eastwood
    • Writer: David Webb Peoples
  • The Silence of the Lambs, 1991
    • Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins
    • Director: Jonathan Demme
    • Writers: Ted Tally (screenplay), Thomas Harris (novel)
  • Dances With Wolves, 1990
    • Stars: Kevin Costner
    • Director: Kevin Costner
    • Writer: Michael Blake
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