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And the winner is…

Like any movie writer worth her salt, I have to weigh in on the Oscars. In the spirit of the occasion, I’ll keep my speech short.

Favorite moments: Michelle Pfeiffer, in a fab dress, introducing Best Actor winner Jeff Bridges in charming fashion and commending him for balancing work ethic and family life (a rare Hollywood feat for which he deserves a whole different award). A nice tribute to John Hughes, whose movies narrated our childhoods. Gabourey Sidibe’s tears as Oprah Winfrey described her blooming talent. Sandra Bullock’s beautifully worded and delivered acceptance speech, which combined humor and deep gratitude.

The most striking thing about this Oscars was just how much mature women kicked ass. Mature not so much as in age (though Helen Mirren cloaked herself in a beautiful gown and an air of dignified humility) but in attitude. Early on, I was worried about the tone of the whole broadcast when it seemed all too set on featuring aggravating and talent-short starlets like Kristen Stewart, Miley Cyrus, and Amanda Seyfried, all of whom just looked embarrassing and completely unprepared to be there. And why WERE they there? They have a lot to learn from the likes of Mo’Nique, Meryl Streep, and Kathryn Bigelow, who loaded the ceremony’s second half with plenty of reasons feel hope for the future of women in cinema. (And maybe John Hughes could have taught them how to act like real human teenagers.)

When Barbara Streisand announced Bigelow’s name as the first-ever woman to win Best Director, I could almost hear the screams of joy coming from the Reel Grrls Oscar party (co-hosted by SIFF, NWFF, WIF Seattle & Artist Trust) across town. For the advocates and students at the country’s only year-round filmmaking program exclusively for girls, this must have been an exciting night indeed. It’s the sort of thing that gives all of us hope that we can achieve our dreams someday.

And that means the biggest winner of all, as far as I’m concerned, was the future: a place where many creative visions can come to fruition. Now, back to working on my screenplay…

(Helen Mirren, nominated for her role in "The Last Station." Photo: Sony Pictures Classics)


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