What If the Oscar Were a Woman?
12 Interpretations for the #MeToo Era

The Hollywood Reporter commissioned A-list artists, sculptors and designers to reconceive the coveted gold statuette as female.

Produced by Shanti Marlar and written by Jane Carlson

What would an Oscar statue look like if it were a woman? Top creatives dreamt up new versions of the iconic statuette, some influenced by recognizable Hollywood women like Grace Jones and Barbra Streisand’s character in Yentl — while others were inspired to create a more abstract take on the concept. “I wanted to reflect that Hollywood should be celebrating diversity whether it's ethnicity, body shapes, gender, sexuality or style,” says Louise Pomeroy, one of the 10 artists who participated in the exercise. In 2018, it seems possible.

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Louise Pomeroy

Grace Jones and Wonder Woman influenced the London-based graphic artist's rendition.

Kirsten Ulve

"I see a man in a defensive posture, gripping a weapon," says the NYC-based artist of her take on the current statuette. Her version embodies feminine ideals of intuition (the moon) and compassion (the heart).

Eddie Guy

The Canadian illustrator aimed only to refine the form until "it felt like Oscar, only a woman."

Sara Andreasson

The Swedish illustrator paid homage to Hattie McDaniel, the first black woman to win an Oscar, in 1940.

Olivia Mole

"There is no form of the female body that can't be objectified," says Mole, a California installation and performance artist. "But no one is going to slap her on the butt when she's a gelatinous heap."

Eric Yahnker

Barbra Streisand in Yentl was the California illustrator's muse. "The film was before its time and dealt with societal complications of gender fluidity."

Amanda Lanzone

The New York illustrator drew Oscar as a "strong, dignified and sexy woman."

Matthieu Bourel

The Berlin-based artist depicted a broken face to signify female anger and the "breaking of taboo."

Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

The Oscar-winning La La Land set decorator constructed a totem of inspiring women out of Kathleen Kennedy's forehead, Bette Davis' eyes, Halle Berry's smile and Rita Moreno's feet, among other icons' features and parts.

Rodrigo Corral

Instead of a human shape, the NYC graphic artist and Farrar, Straus and Giroux creative director "abstracted a form that suggests an evolution."

Matthieu Bourel

Bourel describes his second interpretation, which has a raised, defiant fist, as a "feminine but powerful version of the Oscar."

Eddie Guy

After multiple attempts at more abstract renderings, Guy ultimately decided to keep the "spirit of the original."

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