Newswire: Elizabeth Banks calls out Steven Spielberg for lack of female leads

Elizabeth Banks called out one of Hollywood’s most beloved directors by name last night, putting Steven Spielberg on blast for making movies that almost overwhelmingly focus on men. “I went to Indiana Jones and Jaws and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made,” Banks said last night at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, where she was receiving an honor for excellence in feature directing. “And by the way, he’s never made a movie with a female lead. Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your ass out, but it’s true.”

As people have pointed out, Banks’ comment wasn’t 100 percent accurate; Goldie Hawn had top-billing on 1974’s Sugarland Express, young Ruby Barnhill was technically the lead on last year’s The BFG, and Whoopi Goldberg is inarguably the star of The Color Purple. But that’s still only three films across Spielberg’s …

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