Meryl Streep criticizes movie studios on gender bias
Meryl Streep took the stage at the Women in Film annual Crystal + Lucy Awards to take movie studios to task for the underrepresentation of women in the entertainment industry and for not creating more films targeted to women.
Steep said there were "dreadful" statistics about women in the industry during the award ceremony on June 12 and, according to the Los Angeles Times, even criticized the studios for favoring tent-pole blockbusters that eventually flop.
"Five little movies aimed at women have brought in over $1.6 billion in worldwide box office," Streep said about movies released in the last five years. Three of the five, "Mamma Mia," "The Devil Wears Prada" and "The Iron Lady," all had Streep as a lead actress. Streep recently won her third Academy Award for her role in "The Iron Lady."
The other two films of the five that Streep mentioned were "The Help" and "Bridesmaids." The actress noted that those films "cost a fraction of what the big tent-pole failures cost."
Streep, 62, did not mention any specific blockbuster by name but the year has been filled with a few box office flops like "Battleship," which reportedly cost $209 million to make -- not including marketing -- but only brought in $62 million domestically, according to the box office reporting site BoxOfficeMojo.com.
Streep cited finances of "The Iron Lady" which cost $14 million but earned $114 worldwide for a "pure profit," according to the actress.
"Why? Why? Why? Don't they want the money," Streep asked the crowd when talking about studios not developing more films geared toward women.
Streep was at the ceremony to present Viola Davis of "The Help" with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. Streep actually beat out Davis for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role earlier this year.
Yet, there seems to be no hard feelings between the two actresses as Streep complimented Davis during the ceremony and Davis mentioned she framed a card Streep had given her after the two starred in "Doubt" together, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Streep also donated $10,000 to a school in Rhode Island in honor of actress Viola Davis in February. Streep donated the money to a struggling charter school called the Segue Institute for Learning in the Rhode Island city of Central Falls, Davis' hometown.