Dame Helen Mirren slams Skyfall director for not being inspired by women

Sydney, Mar 26 (ANI): Dame Helen Mirren is disappointed that Skyfall director Sam Mendes "isn't inspired" by women.

British actress Mirren has slammed filmmaker Mendes for failing to mention any women as influences during an acceptance speech at a British awards ceremony, a thorny issue after no women filmmakers were nominated for an Oscar this year.

Mendes, who picked up Empire awards for best director and best film for the James Bond movie 'Skyfall', as well as the annual Inspiration Award, cited Paul Thomas Anderson, Francois Truffaut, Martin Scorsese and Ingmar Bergman as his influences.

His all-male list prompted Mirren, who collected the Empire Legend Award, to express her disappointment that Mendes wasn't inspired by women, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

"I don't want to unduly pick on Sam Mendes, but when he spoke about his inspirations earlier this evening, I'm afraid not a single one of the people he mentioned was a woman," she said at the ceremony.

The fact that he had no female directors in his list prompted her to note that women were still not being recognised for their role in the film industry, saying that it was "a really blokey world" when she started out more than 40 years ago and films sets were dominated by men.

"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. Go girls!" she told a cheering crowd. (ANI)