Oscar Nominations Reflect A New Era In Hollywood As Women Get Their Due

By Colin Covert and Jeff Strickler
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The best-actress nominees all were in strong female-led films. The field included both established Oscar winners (Meryl Streep for “The Post” and Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards”) and upcoming talents (Sally Hawkins in “The Shape of Water,” Margot Robbie in “I, Tonya” and Saoirse Ronan for “Lady Bird”)

Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Although it’s just beginning, 2018 may mark a transition point for Hollywood, with historical streams flowing in different directions under the pressure of new cross-currents.

Tuesday’s Oscar nominations suggest a rising tide for stories by and about women — as if the #MeToo and Time’s Up feminist movements impacted the process the same way that #OscarsSoWhite inspired a new focus on racial diversity last year.

Consider the nine contenders for best picture. Women play essential roles in six of the films: “Lady Bird,” “The Shape of Water,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Post” and “Get Out.”

That is a major shift. In some ways movies have followed a limited path of gender parity, a lens of viewing experiences that shuts women out of the conversation. Now they seem to be exploring a new frontier, beginning to see things from a different point of view, inviting women to have a voice and also inviting men to take part in a different way.

The directing field, one of the branches of the Academy that has been the least inclusive, also opened its inner circle a bit by nominating “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig, the first female in the category since Kathryn Bigelow in 2009 and only the fifth in Oscar history.

First-timer Jordan Peele entered the exclusive ranks of African-American nominees for “Get Out,” while Guillermo del Toro joined the rising group of Mexican filmmakers to be honored, for “The Shape of Water.” Although it’s his 10th feature film, he has just one previous nomination, as screenwriter for 2006’s “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

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