Actors Laura Dern, left, Greta Gerwig, Constance Wu and Cynthia Erivo pose together at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Women's Initiative New York luncheon at the Rainbow Room on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Gerwig talks ‘Little Women’ for academy’s women initiative

October 02, 2019 - 7:49 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — With a new awards season underway, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences hosted a luncheon Wednesday supporting female filmmakers and celebrating the women behind Greta Gerwig’s upcoming “Little Women.”

The event was held at Rockefeller Center’s Rainbow Room, and it drew much of New York’s filmmaking elite. Gerwig, actor Laura Dern and producer Amy Pascal discussed on stage the hardships and joys of getting a female-led production made in an industry that has made improvements in gender parity but still lags woefully behind in equality.

The former Sony Pictures chief Pascal noted that today there are just as many women running studios _ one _ as there were when she took over Sony two decades ago.

To help urge on a new generation of filmmakers, the academy has been giving fellowships to young women aspiring to Hollywood, including two it is bestowing this week.

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