A recent study has found that, even in a year deemed 'female heavy', women are still only playing 30% of given speaking roles. And that does not mean integral, central characters who dominate talk time, that includes any line spoken in all of the top 100 US films. Women's voices are still stuck in the silent movie era - the majority are on mute.
True to form, the Oscars on Sunday night was a truly momentous occasion. Even the Monday morning dopiness brought on by staying up to watch it on television was offset by the excitement of scrutinising every last detail and poring over critiques.
I could feel it rising in me before I'd even had the chance to process what I was thinking. 'That Chanel dress Keira's wearing is so darn odd. Disturbing...', I tweeted, without so much as a second thought. There it was again, the judgyness: the cool, dismissive female-to-female criticism that slips so easily off my tongue.
I loved watching the Oscars highlights on Monday morning (when you have children staying up until the early hours of the morning to catch it on E! just isn't an option!) and it was wonderful to see Hollywood embracing pregnancy.
The now Oscar-winning Spike Jonze movie 'Her' explores how our relationship with technology may change as it becomes more sophisticated
As I write this I have no internet access at home and my data has just ran out. It happens when you move houses. Apparently. But it is quite fitting as I want to discuss a behaviour that pre dates even the internet itself...
Some hotels served as filming locations, such as Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza in American Hustle and the Aria Resort & Casino in Last Vegas. Others were used to signify other locations, such as Los Angeles' Langham Pasadena...
An altogether more agreeable night was had in Cambridge this week, when after a stag do got lost they came across Stephen Hawking and his son. Hawking, top bants that he has, had a photo taken with them and joked about joining them...
It's not hard to see how affairs can happen between actors - in many ways it's the same setting as an office romance only with the glitz and glam of Hollywood. Both people have a lot in common from the start: the same career, ambitions and motivations, coupled with playing intense and sometimes sexual roles - it's like a volcano waiting to explode!
The truth is that whatever nationality you are in the West, if you are black in the arts, you are corralled, parcelled out, mediated... 12 Years a Slave may make it even harder for black American filmmakers to be financed, to have a shot at clutching that Oscar, too.
Two Hollywood stars who looked very 'bridal' were Naomi Watts who wore a simple but glamorous white Calvin Klein dress and Kate Hudson who was very 'old Hollywood' in a beaded Versace dress with a deep v-neckline and cape detail. However, the key red carpet trends from the 2014 Oscars that I think will be big news in bridal this year are the following...
A hidden pressure of Oscar night is the psychological tightrope narcissists tread on the red carpet. Convention requires they give an acceptance speech which thanks others and indicates humility - acknowledging the contribution of colleagues to their own success. But deep down do narcissists really believe this?
To those who have not seen Roots, the plot may still read like a familiar story. The recent release by black British director Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave, may start differently, but it follows a very similar trajectory of blood, whips and brutality.
It's not luck that we're all different - it's a crucial aspect of genetic diversity, necessary for the survival of our species. We are tall, we are short, we are apples and pears and everything in-between. No amount of calorie restriction or exercise is going to make me look like Zoe Saldana.
Awards Season is a divisive time in the film industry. At a time of celebration and congratulation on the outstanding achievements by leading filmmakers, there will always be discussion of those whose work has been overlooked, controversy over voting strategies, and debates of whether it all means anything at all anyway.
It brought home the reality that the BAFTA's were becoming more and more like the Academy Awards, where big bucks Hollywood hype over -rules artistic merit.