March 4th, 2018 the 90th Academy Awards will be held at Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California. Now I usually don’t make a big deal about this sort of thing, except this year is a momentous win for females everywhere. Females everywhere should watch, as this year is the first time in 13 years a female-led movie could take home the most coveted award: Best Picture. This hasn't happened since 2005 when Million Dollar Baby took home the prize.
Of course female-led movies have been nominated within the last 10 years. Films such as Arrival, Hidden Figures, Room, Mad Max: Fury Road, Brooklyn, Philomena, Gravity, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Help, Black Swan, Winter's Bone, and The Kids Are All Right have all shown up on the Best Picture nominees list. But they haven’t won, and part of that might come from the Oscars’ voting body. The voting body of the Academy of Arts and Sciences is still predominantly male, and it can be difficult for males to identify with and connect with movies with female-led movies. This year four out of the nine movies nominated are women centric, and all have a viable shot at taking home the big prize. I am rooting for Lady Bird but if you plan on watching it (and you should!), be warned, it’s a tear jerker.
Lady Bird is a coming of age story about a teen, played by Saoirse Ronan (who also has an Oscar nominee), as she navigates friendship, popularity, sex, and just the general big scary world after high school. During it all, she is also dealing with her messy relationship with her mother. And Lady Bird messes up, like, a lot. But we all mess things up at least once or twice. This movie highlights the amazing, and at times, the relatable relationship between a mother and a daughter. It showcases the amazing and valuable friendships girls make in high school. It isn’t just about a female getting stuff done, it’s about a female figuring out how to get stuff done while remaining her most truthful and authentic self. Did I mention it’s also written and directed by a female? Greta Gerwig will be getting up on that stage to take home the big cheese should her film win.
But we will have to wait until Sunday to see who will take home the big prize. Right now, it is predicted that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri will win. Three Billboards showcases the pain Mildred (Frances McDormand), feels over the violent loss of her daughter. Either way the male centric trend will be broken. Let’s just hope we won’t have to wait another 13 years for a female-led movie to go home with top honors.