Brie Larson, Oscar-winner and star of the upcoming film Captain Marvel, turned heads at the recent Women in Film awards for her speech drawing attention to the lack of diverse film critics and journalists.
Tonight I’m at Women in Film’s awards honoring Brie Larson, Alexandra Shipp and the women of Black Panther. https://t.co/oMqOi1anfm— Rebecca Ford (@Rebecca Ford)1528941645.0
Bravo, Brie! @brielarson uses her acceptance speech at Women in Film's Crystal Lucy awards to advocate for an equal… https://t.co/UhcdUlMbQl— Hillary Atkin (@Hillary Atkin)1528953673.0
Representation matters in the entire entertainment industry—not just on set.
Tonight #CrystalLucys honoree @brielarson came w/"verbal power point presentation" about dearth of underrepresented… https://t.co/5FojfLRA5D— Chris Gardner (@Chris Gardner)1528958161.0
Larson took to Twitter to reiterate her message...
The top critics on @RottenTomatoes are OVERWHELMINGLY white and male. The newest report from @Inclusionists @USC sh… https://t.co/pOnl2PcM2t— Brie Larson (@Brie Larson)1528732787.0
...which was praised by many other prominent diverse filmmakers.
“Am I saying I hate white dudes?” asked the Oscar-winning “Room” actress. “No. But if you make a movie that’s a lov… https://t.co/f6j6i376da— Ava DuVernay (@Ava DuVernay)1528983838.0
Larson was even kind enough to offer step-by-step instructions on how to improve the situation.
.@brielarson offers three application points for helping film critics better reflect the U.S. population: 1) Ensure… https://t.co/Evz9WxCDTh— Rebecca Sun 孫洪美 (@Rebecca Sun 孫洪美)1528953807.0
2) Feed the pipeline. @brielarson notes over 40% of J-school grads are women, and 22% are POC. "The talent is there… https://t.co/X9iVZCCUI8— Rebecca Sun 孫洪美 (@Rebecca Sun 孫洪美)1528953987.0
3) Get on board what other organizations are already doing, such as Sundance and Toronto's commitments to reserve 2… https://t.co/eSsM6gnt9V— Rebecca Sun 孫洪美 (@Rebecca Sun 孫洪美)1528954388.0
It's time for a change.
Brie Larson speaking facts and statistics about underrepresented females in the film industry and offering solution… https://t.co/VXo1O3XlY0— POPSUGAR (@POPSUGAR)1528950072.0
Many praised the risk Larson took by speaking up in this way.
It is no small thing that an actress with the biggest movie of her career currently in production has come out publ… https://t.co/oMb4HiAFPP— Franklin Leonard (@Franklin Leonard)1528988622.0
This is so important. Thank you @brielarson https://t.co/quD27kzp9d— Jessica Chastain (@Jessica Chastain)1528988413.0
And it seems some large organizations are taking notice...albeit slowly.
The real news from Brie Larson’s speech is that “the Sundance Institute has pledged to give at least 20 percent of… https://t.co/CALtxdEeuZ— Evette Dionne (@Evette Dionne)1528980133.0
.@BrieLarson says 20 percent of film critics of color will be credentialed at upcoming Sundance and Toronto film fe… https://t.co/WAnJecxJJa— Variety (@Variety)1528961051.0
“I hope this is just the start. I hope there are more opportunities for these critics and journalists. Thank you fo… https://t.co/Gi6KVfChq8— POPSUGAR (@POPSUGAR)1528950072.0
There's definitely a long way to go...
But it seems we're on our way!
At last night's #CrystalLucys, @BrieLarson emphasized the need for more underrepresented critics. Gatekeepers, get… https://t.co/t9s0sGrBJA— WIF (@WIF)1528992542.0