Wow. Just wow. For those of you that watched the Oscars in the same way that I did, watching and appreciating every single moment, you probably will know exactly what I’m about to say from the title of this post. Cate Blanchett’s acceptance speech for her Best Actress Oscar blew me away. I knew I wanted to write a post about the Oscars for this Pop Culture Thursday, but I wanted something new to talk about besides the obvious “body image/beauty expectations” topic. I got exactly what I wanted when Cate Blanchett took the stage and gave her speech.
“…and perhaps those of us in the industry who are foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences [will see] they’re not, audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money.”
When she said that I literally shrieked out loud with joy. YES, we need more female-centered movies. I was thinking this exact thing while watching the montage of “hero” movie clips showed during the Oscars. Literally the only female that acted as the solo hero in a movie was Katniss Everdeen, the main character of the Hunger Games series. The Hunger Games has been an exceedingly popular and lucrative movie series thus far, and both men and women have thoroughly enjoyed it.
This year’s Oscars have featured a few more strong female characters than in the past. There are Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams, who are basically running the show in American Hustle. Sandra Bullock in Gravity, and Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave both shine with memorable performances in amazing roles. And those are just a very few of the amazing women nominated this year. And don’t forget Frozen, Disney’s animated movie that won for best Animated Feature Film. It has been highly acclaimed as a “feminist” film, with a plot that revolves around two female characters and ends with a resolution that doesn’t really require any of the male characters.
The point is, I think we’re making some slight progress towards more female representation in our movies. We can take a cue from the Hunger Games and we can take some advice from Cate Blanchett; people would see movies with women in the leading roles if people actually started making them.
So thanks Cate, for being awesome and saying the things we’d all like to say if we were able to get up on that stage! Congrats on the Oscar!