Women Steal the Show in this year’s OSCAR nominations!
By Karen Reid, Editor, Harlequin Superromance & Heartwarming
(All images in this post have been, as usual, shamelessly stolen from various internet sights.)
Strong female roles are not always easy to find in movie theaters—and that is definitely a problem. However, this year’s OSCAR nominated movies feature inspiring performances by women that must be celebrated. Yay!
Let’s begin with Hidden Figures. This movie is based on the true story of the remarkable, determined, very smart women who played a critical role in the early days of the US space program. Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer play three African-American mathematicians—Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson—who crossed gender and race barriers to help NASA send astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Senior Editor Victoria Curran gives this movie a thumbs-up, calling it “the feel-good movie that everybody needs right now”. And not only is this untold piece of history a great movie, but it's also inspiring a whole new generation of girls and women to study STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects and to pursue STEM jobs. Dream large, reach far. A must-see!
Next up is Arrival. If I were to describe this film in one word, I would call it beautiful. It may seem like a straight-up Sci-Fi movie, but it’s so much more. Amy Adams portrays a linguistics professor recruited to interpret the language of aliens who’ve landed their spacecraft at different locations around the globe. Arrival will touch your heart as a mother, lift your soul as a human being and delight your imagination as a moviegoer. Need I say more to convince you to see this movie—a movie in which the fate of humanity rests on the shoulders of one woman? I didn’t think so! (Oh, and you’ll love the twist!)
Of course, we cannot forget Viola Davis in Fences. I’ve not seen this film yet, but it’s on my shortlist. Based on a Pullitzer Prize-winning play by August Wilson, Fences is set in 1950s Pittsburgh. It explores race relations and the changing African-American experience at the time. Viola Davis first performed the role of Rose Maxson on Broadway, opposite her onscreen co-star Denzel Washington (um…yeah, he is another good reason to catch this movie!). She’s already won numerous awards this season (i.e. Golden Globe, BAFTA), so my hopes are high for OSCAR night. Every time I watch Davis in something—either on the small or big screen—I’m enthralled by the passion and strength she exudes. And I’m sure her portrayal of a woman trying to keep her family together, through pain and betrayal, will be no different.
I could go on—Ruth Negga (adore her!) in Loving, Natalie Portman in Jackie, Nicole Kidman in Lion... but I think I’ve “talked” enough—so what are some of your favorite performances? Let me know!
And before I go, I feel I must have some fun and share my OSCARS outfit for this year. But, of course, I can’t decide…so which do you think I should go with—the Chanel pantsuit or the Ralph & Russo gown? Tough choice, right?
See you in the theaters…and on the red carpet on Feb. 26th!