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Sony Hacks and the Gender Wage Gap in Hollywood

When hacker collective Guardians of Peace broke into Sony’s servers on November 24, hundreds of thousands of the entertainment network’s private emails became public. Reporters discovered emotional conversations between executives, plans for upcoming movies, and now, evidence of the gender pay gap in Hollywood. 

In an email dated December 5, 2013, a Columbia Pictures president wrote to Sony executive Amy Pascal about how much each actor would get paid for American Hustle, The Daily Beast reports. In it, he refers to “points,” which translate to money each person will receive based on the movie’s box office performance.

While director David O. Russell, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Jeremy Renner received 9 points for American Hustle, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams got 7. The email mentions that Jennifer was initially slated for 5. 

The Daily Beast calls Lawrence “far and away the biggest star of the picture” because American Hustle was green lit after The Hunger Games, yet the executives don’t recognize that in their financial calculations. Pascal’s response to the points was “there is truth here.” 

This disparity is apparent among Sony staffers too. When The Daily Beast analyzed the pay of the two co-presidents of production at Columbia Pictures, they found that the male president Michael De Luca made nearly $1 million more than his female counterpart Hannah Minghella. 

Do these reveals demonstrate a horrible (yet expected) Hollywood truth?

We compiled a comparative list of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, according to Forbes and Newsday—women and men—so you can see for yourself.

And if you're working up the courage to ask for more, take a note from Oprah's video below. She's a boss at demanding her worth. You can be too!