Female directors absent on Forbes Hollywood list

Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:02pm EST

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Forbes' annual Hollywood's 10 Highest-Earning Women list has one thing missing: female directors.

Directors James Cameron, George Lucas and Michael Bay dominated the men's list, making $210 million with "Avatar," $95 with "Star Wars" and $120 Million with "Transformers."

But Kathryn Bigelow, who won the Best Director Oscar this year for "The Hurt Locker," didn't earn enough to crack the list.

Her drama made $16.4 million compared to ex husband Cameron's $2.8 billion with "Avatar."

The only actress on the list is Sandra Bullock, at No. 6, who earned $56 million with her two hits, "The Proposal" and "The Blind Side" (which won her the Best Actress Oscar), and her producing work.

Unsurprisingly, Oprah Winfrey, who launches her OWN network on January 1, topped the list with $315 million. Beyonce, who comes in No. 2, made $87 million, which, as Forbes points out, would have put her No. 9 on the men's list.

The remaining top-earning women wouldn't have placed at all on the men's list.

Collectively, the highest-earning men made $1.2 billion between June 1, 2009 and June 1, 2010, compared to the $835 million the women brought home in the same time period.

(Editing by Zorianna Kit)

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