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Nicole Kidman says Hollywood is not an even playing field for women

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It’s clear that women in Hollywood are gaining momentum as they refuse to stay silent about the obvious gender discrimination at play in the film industry. Now, Nicole Kidman has joined the growing chorus of women decrying Hollywood’s sexism. Speaking at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards in Los Angeles, she praised the organization for its pioneering work supporting female actors and filmmakers and claimed we need to create more opportunities, as Hollywood is “not an even playing field.” “We’re all working and banding together and trying to change that and that’s what’s needed. We also need to put cameras in little girls’ hands and get them to tell stories and increase their confidence so that they can feel powerful.” Ava DuVernay, director of Selma who was on hand to receive the Dorothy Arzner Director’s Award,  joined in, saying that to women filmmakers, “Hollywood is like the boyfriend who doesn’t call you as often.” Elsewhere, in an interview with USA Today, Zoe Saldana lashed out at Hollywood studios’ attitudes towards pregnant actors, as she described how some Hollywood producers wrote her off after she became pregnant last year, and called for studios to provide childcare for mothers.

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