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GLAAD Report Finds Lgbtq Characters Are Either Invisible Or Used As Punchlines In Studio Movies

25 May 2017 7:12 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

GLAAD’s annual studio report measuring Lgbtq representation in Hollywood gave Lionsgate Entertainment, Sony Pictures, and Walt Disney Studios ‘Failing’ ratings, while 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and Warner Brothers received ‘Poor’ ratings.

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The leading Lgbtq media advocacy organization released today its fifth annual Studio Responsibility Index, which maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of Lgbtq people in films released by the seven largest studios and their subsidiaries during the 2016 calendar year. The report found that of 125 releases from major studios in 2016, only 23 of them (18.4%) included characters identified as Lgbtq. 83% percent of inclusive films feature gay male characters, making gay men the most represented group by far. Lesbian portrayals increased from 23% in 2015 to 35% in 2016, while bisexuals appeared in 13% of inclusive films.

Read More: GLAAD Launches Grant and Mentorship to Support Lgbtq Filmmakers and Stories

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- Jude Dry

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ASC Awards 2017: ‘Lion’ Steals ‘La La Land’s’ Thunder

5 February 2017 12:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While Damien Chazelle predictably took the DGA Award for “La La Land” on Saturday night, the ASC rejected the self-reverential Hollywood musical in favor of the more dramatic and politically impactful “Lion,” honoring Australian cinematographer Greig Fraser. “Lion” director Garth Davis took home Best First Director at the DGAs.

However, “La La Land’s” cinematographer, Linus Sandgren, still remains the Oscar favorite, despite the fact that, in the last 20 years, the ASC winner has taken the Academy Award 11 times.

With “Lion,” the incredibly true story of Saroo Brierley (Dev Patel), the Indian who used Google Earth to locate his birth family several decades after his separation and adoption in Australia, Fraser essentially made two movies in one. Fortunately, the top Camerimage prize winner had previous experience shooting in India.

“Trying to capture the essence of India is almost like trying to bottle magic, which is hard to do because India »

- Bill Desowitz

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