Davis re­ceives honorary Os­car for work against gen­der bias

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LOS AN­GE­LES (Reuters) — Ac­tress Geena Davis urged Hol­ly­wood film­mak­ers to take new steps to ad­dress an on­go­ing gen­der im­bal­ance in me­dia as she ac­cepted an honorary Os­car on Sun­day for her work to pro­mote more women on screen.

While equal­ity for women lags through­out U.S. so­ci­ety, it is even worse in film and tele­vi­sion, said Davis, the “Thelma and Louise” star who founded a non­profit re­search group called the Geena

Davis In­sti­tute on Gen­der in Me­dia in 2004. “How­ever abysmal the num­bers are in real life, it’s far worse in fic­tion — where you make it up!” said Davis as she ac­cepted the Jean Her­sholt Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award. “We make it worse.”

The ac­tress spoke to an au­di­ence of hun­dreds of Hol­ly­wood power play­ers at the Gov­er­nors Awards, an an­nual event hosted by the Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts & Sciences, the group that hands out the Os­cars.

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