All hail "The Queen"!
Actress Helen Mirren took director Sam Mendes to task for not citing any female influences in his acceptance speech at the Jameson Empire Awards.
Mendes, who was honored for "Skyfall" and received the "Inspiration" prize at the British awards ceremony, credited men such as Martin Scorsese, Francois Truffaut, Ingmar Bergman and Paul Thomas Anderson as major influences in his work, but failed to pay homage to any leading ladies.
Mirren, upon accepting the Empire Legend Award, commented on the woman-less list, and used it as an opportunity to address bias and progress within the entertainment industry, which she called "a really blokey world" when she began her career over 40 years ago.
"But nowadays that's really changed and it's fantastic to see women and girls in the lighting department, cinematography, in the sound department, obviously in producing and writing," said the 67-year-old actress, who also directed the 2001 film "Happy Birthday."
"I hope and pray and I know that in five or 10 years time that when the next Sam gets up and makes his or her speech there will be two or three or four or five women's names there," added "The Queen" star. "Go girls!"
Only four women have ever been nominated for an Oscar for Best Director: Lina Wertmuller for "Seven Beauties," Jane Campion for "The Piano," Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation" and Kathryn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker."
Bigelow, who was not nominated for her acclaimed 2012 film "Zero Dark Thirty, is the only winner among this short list.
According to recent study released by San Diego State University, women comprised only 18 percent of the pool of directors, producers, executive producers, writers, editors and cinematographers that contributed to the top-grossing films of 2012. In 1998, this figure was 17 percent.