*Raising my glass*
The film industry, much like the rest of the world, has a stark imbalance between men and women. Few women become directors and few female writers receive the same accolades as their male counterparts. We do have Nora Ephron, Kasi Lemmons , Callie Khouri , and Gina Prince-Bythewood to name just a few.
I have just looked at the nominees for the 8oth annual Academy Awards and was overjoyed to see FOUR female nominees in the best screenplay categories.
Diablo Cody for “Juno”, Nancy Oliver for “Lars and the Real Girl”, Sarah Polley for “Away from Her” and Tamara Jenkins for “The Savages.” This is great news for me and women everywhere. These films were not only nominated for their writing. Juno has the distinction to be in the best picture, best director and best actress categories as well. This must be an unbelievable day for Ms. Cody, a first time screenwriter. The other nominees are featured in multiple categories as well. The honorable Ms. Ruby Dee has received a best supporting actress nomination as well.
This years list of nominees is so diverse, featuring actors who we haven’t seen in a while like Daniel Day-Lewis, newcomers like Ellen Page and Saoirse Ronan, break-outs like Casy Affleck, and the ultimate chameleon Johnny Depp. Older actors and actresses like Tommy Lee Jones and Julie Christie are present as well.
I’m actually looking forward to the ceremony this year. Well if the WGA is able to get a fair deal for us and the show actually goes on. I have been keeping mum about the writers strike here but this does not mean that I haven’t been paying attention. The outcome will eventually include me so I can last without new episodes of my favorite shows until writers get a fair deal.
Congrats to all the nominees. See you at the Oscars (hopefully)!