The actress-director cleared the air, taking full responsibility for inaccurately stating Spielberg didn't have a movie with a female lead and clarifying her comments, some of which had been taken out of context following her speech at the Women In Film Awards. "I don't mean to call your ass out, but it's true", she said as she collected an award.
Although Twitter was more focused on the fact that Banks neglected Spielberg's "The Color Purple" film adaptation, there is proof on Spielberg's IMDb profile of two other female-led films he's developed.
"Black Twitter", a name for the community of African-Americans on the social media platform, was especially scornful of her comments, as The Color Purple is widely prized and honored. Thompson has since deleted her tweet and apologized, but Twitter is not holding back. Like most women, I'm not going to waste 2 hours of my life seeing a mediocre movie just to "support women".
Spielberg himself has kept mum on the drama, though a member of his team says he is working on a new movie - with a female lead. The statement caused a wave of ooohs in the audience, and one guest yelled out, "The Color Purple!". Unfortunately for actress Elizabeth Banks she did not bring a very strong one. "The Sugarland Express" (1974) starred Goldie Hawn, "The Color Purple" (1985) starred Whoopie Goldberg, and last year's "The BFG" starred child actress Ruby Barnhill. So far, the only woman to ever win a Best Director Oscar was Kathryn Bigelow for her film "The Hurt Locker", which had a mostly male cast and a male lead in Jeremy Renner.
Banks was quick to correct herself, admitting she was wrong, only to second guess that guess.
Vulture's Jordan Crucchiola pointed out that Spielberg's upcoming movie "The Papers" will have Meryl Streep as the movie's lead, playing Washington Post publisher Kay Graham. Her point, however, was made; as far as the entertainment industry goes, we could stand to see more women in leading roles on television and in film, as well as behind the camera.