As we start the new year, I thought it would be interesting to look at the narratives that dominated the conversation over the past year. Would love to hear if you have any thoughts on other topics that dominated the conversations.
Here is what I came up with:
The success of Bridesmaids and the realization that women can be funny. (duh)
Winter's Bone and The Kids are All Right get best picture nominations for 2011.
Women directors not being in the conversation for the 2012 Oscar.
The breakout success of Jessica Chastain
Women make up only 33% of speaking parts in films and less than 10% of writers and directors.
Jennifer Yuh Nelson becomes the highest grossing women director with King Fu Panda 2.
BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN: TIE*
The Iron Lady - Phyllida Lloyd
We Need To Talk About Kevin - Lynne Ramsay
BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN:
The Iron Lady: Abi Morgan
Viola Davis: The Help
Maybe being a movie about women won't hurt The Help, and the Bridesmaids nod along with the rising Melissa McCarthy makes me think it could potentially sneak in with a best picture nod because both men and women really love this movie. (As they should.)