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From left: Meryl Streep, Mo'Nique, Kathryn Bigelow, and Sandra Bullock. (AP)

From left: Meryl Streep, Mo'Nique, Kathryn Bigelow, and Sandra Bullock. (AP)

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Once more, it’s back. They’re talking the “Year of the Woman” in Hollywood.

High-profile roles for Meryl Streep in “Julie and Julia” and Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side.” Box-office Cinderella stories in “Precious” and “The Proposal.” Director Kathryn Bigelow delivering “The Hurt Locker” to critical acclaim on traditional guy turf of war and danger.

So, is this it? The time when women really make their mark on the movies?

The buzz says yes. New York Times critic Manohla Dargis says no.

This hour, On Point: women in Hollywood and what to make of a standout year.

Guests:

Manohla Dargis joins us from Los Angeles. Chief film critic for The New York Times, she wrote recently about women in Hollywood in a piece titled “Women in the Seats but Not Behind the Camera.”

Also with us from Los Angeles is Nicole LaPorte, contributor to The Daily Beast. She was previously a film reporter for Variety, and has written for The New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, and W. Her latest piece is “Finally, the Year of the Woman?”

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