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The Academy’s Little problem with Women

Greta Gerwig’s adaption of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women hit screens everywhere in December of last year. Three weeks on, it seems the film is headed for total success. With wide acclaim and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 95%, it’s unsurprising that The Academy has been paying attention, and it’s clear they LOVE it, nominating Little Women for six Oscars, including best picture and best actress. This comes as a welcome result considering the movie’s lack of appearance in the Golden Globe‘s best picture category.

 

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Sadly, unlike 2018, Greta Gerwig was not among the list of best directors, a list that was problematically entirely male. This highlights a bigger problem in Hollywood’s reportedly sexist culture. Greta Gerwig scripted an incredible adaption of a classic book, pulled together her powerhouse of a cast and kept Alcott’s core messages throughout. Some would argue that she deserves an award for bringing Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet together on screen again alone – but that might just be me. Despite all of this, she was snubbed when the nominations were released earlier this week. If Greta Gerwig couldn’t make the cut, it begs the question of what criteria is being considered.

 

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When Louisa May Alcott penned Little Women, the rebellious and enduring nature of the March sisters is part of what made the novel so brilliant and Greta Gerwig is no stranger to rebellion nor endurance, creating and existing as she does in a male-dominated film environment. It’s not all doom and patriarchal gloom, though. In speaking to Vanity Fair, the producer of the film, Amy Pascal, pointed out that Little Women was the “third movie in the history of the Academy that has been nominated [for best picture] that has been written, directed, and produced by women.” That, in and of itself, is proof that Hollywood’s problems (much like our own) may lessen with age. 

 

 

One of the core messages in Little Women, particularly in the movie, is the importance of writing, reading, and learning (oh my!). Spoilers are incoming for those of you fortunate enough not to know this!! When Beth gets sick, her illness is something that Jo hopes to aid with fresh sea air and a good story. Tragically, the plot alone is not enough to save Beth but the stories Jo writes for her are a comfort in her time of need. I think we can all agree that the comfort of a favorite story is no small thing and with Little Women being that favorite for so many people, the novel and film are self-fulfilling. Gerwig credits Little Women for giving her the inspiration to write and create, the film a passion project that no Oscar could ever overshadow.

 

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Despite the gender politics, the movie looks set to surpass box office records and hopefully take home some, if not all, its prospective awards at the Oscars. Gerwig may not have a directorial nomination to celebrate, but the film has the best picture prospects alongside potential accolades for Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh.

As Jo put it herself: “Women, they have minds, and they have souls as well as just hearts, and they’ve got ambition, and they’ve got talent, as well as just beauty”. Academy, make a note.

 

 

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Golden Globes’ Forgotten Nominees

With the holidays dying down, we can finally dive into the new year. I always look forward to the award shows, especially the Golden Globes. This year, Ricky Gervais was the host, and what a host he was. In the days leading up, Gervais made some jokes about the Golden Globes choosing him to be the host. Instead of pouring a glass of champagne for himself, Gervais shook the bottle and spraying the production team, setting the mood for his personality during the globes.

Although it was a great night for many, there was a sense of loss for the nominees. Especially these well-made adaptations.

Unbelievable, the 2019 Netflix series, was nominated for three categories. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television with Toni Collette as the nominee. Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Best Performance by Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television with Kaitlyn Dever and Merritt Wever as nominees.

 

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Based on the novel, Unbelievable by authors T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, displays of turmoil that a young teen faces when she reports being raped. Having to recant her story a few times, she comes across as unreliable leaving the rapist free to find more victims. Two female detectives gain similar cases and band together to follow the evidence that could reveal the truth to solving the case.

 

 

Big Little Lies, like Unbelievable, was nominated for three categories. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television with Meryl Streep as the nominee. Best Performance by an Actress in A Television Series – Drama with Nicole Kidman as the nominee. Best Television Series – Drama.

 

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Based on the bestseller, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty tells a tale about the dangerous little lies that we tell ourselves just to survive. Madeline, Celeste, and Jane are forced to hold onto their own personal secrets when someone ends up dead. The three women are stuck at a crossroads, leading them to the same place. As the blurb states, “Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.”

 

 

Little Women, unfortunately, was only nominated for two categories. Best Original Score – Motion Picture with Alexandre Desplat as the nominee. Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama with Saoirse Ronan as the nominee.

 

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Based on the novel, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, discusses the lives of Jo, Beth, Meg, and Amy as they unite, “in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.” This book is based on Alcott’s early life as a child. While her father, Bronson Alcott, was involved with famous male authors, Louisa supported her family by doing the work of a woman. There is no secret that this book is a must-read as it displays themes like love and death, peace and war, and conflict between family and ambition.

It’s a shocker that these movies were not given as much credit as they deserved, but as the saying goes, books are so much better than the movies.

 


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The ‘Little Women’ Posters Are Here

The latest adaptation of Little Women is fast approaching, and with it comes some brand new posters for the film.

 

 

Columbia Pictures released the seven character posters for the main characters of the movie. Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott and directed by Greta Gerwig, the film stars Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Emma Watson (Harry Potter), Florence Pugh (Midsommar) and Eliza Scanlen (Sharp Objects) as the March sisters as the March sisters and their paths from childhood to womanhood. The film also stars Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) as love interest Lauire, Laura Dern (Big Little Lies) as matriarch Marmee, and Meryl Streep (The Laundromat) as Aunt March:

 

The cast of Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, the latest movie adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott literary classic, brings together a cast that calls to Hollywood’s past, present, and future.  In a series of new character posters showing off this star-studded ensemble, Saoirse Ronan takes center stage as part of Hollywood’s present. The star of Brooklyn and Lady Bird takes her next big role as Jo, the main character of this story about the March sisters trying to live their lives on their own terms.  “When Louisa describes Jo, it felt like someone describing me physically: sort of gangly and stubborn and very straightforward, and went for what she wanted,” said Ronan during EW’s cover interview. 

Emma Watson, the Harry Potter veteran and star of Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, plays Meg, the eldest of the March sisters. “To me, [Watson] embodies everything that I was interested in, in terms of who the March women were,” Gerwig said. “She’s just smart. She’s on multi-governmental organizations that speak to the U.N., and she’s so thoughtful and present. She is way out there trying to do everything she can.”

After that chilling performance in HBO’s Sharp Objects, Eliza Scanlen is quickly rising through the ranks of Hollywood talent. As Beth, the 20-year-old actress plays the shyest of the March siblings. 

Amy is often seen as the bratty sister who likes wearing the fancy dresses and gobbling up all the sweets. Florence Pugh, the star of Midsommar and Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow movie, found new dimensions to the character. “It’s all very musical,” she says of Gerwig’s screenplay. “Every single scene where I get to just talk to a load of shit over Saoirse or Emma or Eliza was absolute bliss. I love to run wild and rampant. Being this little sassy girl, I love the scene where I go in and I apologize to Jo. That was actually one of my audition tapes. I loved it when I did it for the first time, and when we did it on the set, it was brilliant. 

The Dern-aissance continues after Big Little Lies, Twin Peaks, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Laura Dern appears as Marmee, a.k.a. mother March.  Gerwig recalled, “Off-set, every single one of the girls actually did come to Laura with their heartaches and their problems. Everybody had a good cry with Laura. She became this mother, sister, confidant person for everyone on set, which was a very beautiful thing to embody. She was a rock for everyone.”

Timothée Chalamet’s ascent parallels that of Ronan’s. The two previously appeared in Lady Bird together — a formulative film for both actors — and now they reunite in Little Women, with Chalamet playing Laurie, the boy next door.  The film’s producer Amy Pascal calls Jo and Laurie “two halves.” She says, “These are really bold characters that are really different than you’ve seen them before.”

And here’s Meryl Streep, no doubt preparing for her latest Golden Globe nomination.  As Gerwig remembers it, “[Streep] said she wanted to be part of it. She loved the book so much when she was a girl, and she thinks [it’s] so important, and she says, ‘Tell me what you’d like me to do.’ I was like, ‘Yes, ma’am.’”

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A theatrical poster was also revealed:

 

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Little Women comes out this Christmas.

 

 

 

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The First Reactions To ‘Little Women’ Are Strong

Another adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is set for release this Christmas. Directed by Greta Gerwig, it stars Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen as the March sisters.

 

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We’re still a long time away from release, but if early Twitter reactions are any indication, we might have a winner on our hands.

 

 

An early screening of the film took place in Los Angeles, and critics took to Twitter to share praise for the film. Many praised Gerwig’s direction and handling of the source:

 


Others praised the acting, particularly for Pugh, Ronan, and Meryl Streep, who plays Aunt March:

 


With all these positive reactions, it makes us want to see this adaptation even more.

 

 

Little Women releases December 25th.

 

 

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