The Academy Awards is a time for celebrating the most innovative, creative and experimental members of the film community – a night of jubilation, congratulation and prosperity.
However, over its 89 years, it has also been an opportunity to shed light on the world's most prevalent prejudices and injustices – be it Patricia Arquette who used her 'Best Actress' speech in 2015 to champion women's rights to Halle Berry's 2002 nod to other black actresses, and 'every nameless faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened'.
Unfortunately, the Academy Awards has lagged behind society somewhat in terms of progression, equality and diversity.
After all, since the first Academy Awards in 1929, only four women have been nominated for the 'Best Director' Award and only fourteen Oscar winners, in total, have been black.
In light of this, we spoke to Getty Images' Director of Visual Trends, Pam Grossman to find out her definitive list of inspiring women in Hollywood who have pioneered for change, diversity and equality in the film industry and helped to smash that ever present, but crumbling, glass ceiling.