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Oscars ‘Daily Bite’: Women screenwriters make strides

Rooney Mara, left, and Cate Blanchett in "Carol."

Rooney Mara, left, and Cate Blanchett in "Carol." Credit: The Weinstein Company / Wilson Webb

Much has been made of the lack of ethnic diversity among this year’s nominees, and justifiably so. When it comes to nominations for women, however, the academy did make some strides — albeit baby steps — particularly in the screenwriting categories.

Last year there wasn’t a single woman among the adapted or original screenwriting nominees, whereas this year four women are up for those awards. “Inside Out” screenwriter Meg LeFauve and “Straight Outta Compton’s” Andrea Berloff are contenders in the original screenplay category, while Phyllis Nagy (“Carol”) and Emma Donoghue (“Room”) are among the nominees vying for the adapted screenplay Oscar.

Not surprisingly, the only all-female category — aside from best actress and supportiong actress — is for make up and hairstyling.

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