Cate, Lupita & Ellen Prove Women In Film Are A Force To Be Reckoned With


It was a memorable night at the 2014 Academy Awards. Women in particular made some amazing speeches and memorable moments, which we would like to acknowledge because they are important messages to share.

Lupita Nyong’o won the Oscar for Best Supporting actress for her role in the Steve McQueen-directed ’12 years A Slave’ (which also won Best Film). While her full speech was a display of poise, elegance and intelligence, she also displays remarkable grace for someone who just the most coveted award in the film industry for her first ever feature film role.

We love that she acknowledged everyone from the people in the film, the real life Patsey, as well as Solomon Northrup whose real life story was played out on screen. She ended it with a thought that we can all identify with:

“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from your dreams are valid.”

Speaking of validation, it seems the industry is still waking up to the fact that women are a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. Yes, the same industry who released ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ featuring a lead female protagonist which was the biggest earning film at the box office last year.

Cate Blanchett, who won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’ openly spoke about this issue in her witty way, basically telling the industry that women should not be sidelined any longer.

“And thank you to… those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films, with women at the center, are niche experiences. They are not — audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.” AMEN!


And despite the controversy surrounding Woody Allen right now, it’s not totally ridiculous for Cate to thank him considering he was the one whose film she was in which earned her that golden statue. She didn’t politicize it in any way but gave the right amount of kudos to the director.

Host Ellen Degeneres was a perfect blend of comedy, and family-friendly entertainment. Interacting with the A-listers, eating pizza with the audience (seriously!) all without being too cringe-worthy or offensive. She also set a world record during the telecast. She took a “selfie” with a celebs including Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper (who took the pic), Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie, Channing Tatum, Lupita Nyong’o’s brother, and Meryl Streep.


This picture in turn became the most retweeted picture of ALL TIME on the social media network. Wow! It proves Ellen is on the ball with how audiences at home want to interact with the rest of the world and she gave a very intimate view into the Oscars world for those at home, the tech-savvy lady she is.

For the record, it was RT’d over 2 million times. I doubt Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga or Kim Kardashian (the most followed celebs on twitter) could pull off something like this!

Other notable moments include John Travolta showing how out of touch with pop culture he is, sporting a rather awkwardly obvious wig and mis-pronouncing Idina Menzel’s name before she sang ‘Let it Go’ from the Disney animated film ‘Frozen’, which won the oscar for best original song. Shame…

And on the topic of performances, Pink sang ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ in a 75th anniversary tribute to ‘The Wizard of Oz’. She was her usual powerful, awesome self, and didn’t need any flashing lights or gimmicks to prove why she is so successful. Pure class!

We definitely need more female-driven moments at awards ceremonies and better female representation in the film industry in general because like Cate Blanchett said, the audiences want to watch women!

The Geena Davis Institute works with the media industry to create greater gender balance and reduce the prevalence of stereotypes because they believe that “If she can see it… she can be it.”

“Young females need more inspirational role models inhabiting a greater range of leadership positions across a variety of occupational sectors and media platforms,” said a study by the institute which examined the female to male ratio in films. For the record the men have the advantage and we need to work to change this.

We love how the women behind Miss Representation started a petition for every red carpet reporter to ask every female celebrity more than just about her outfit. It was called ‘Ask Her More‘ and the aim was to force entertainment media outlets to recognize women are not just measurable by their physical bodies, but that they too deserve to be asked about their body of work. After all, the men aren’t asked about their outfits, so its high time we evened out the balance a little!

With the theme of the night being ‘Heroes of Hollywood’ we know without a doubt how heroic, strong and talented these women and many others are. Being a hero is not gender specific, and women in film are definitely proving that.

Three cheers to all the women who made the 2014 Oscars memorable, fun, and who recognized out loud that it is more important than ever that the work of females in Hollywood be given equal representation. The next generation of influential girls are counting on it!



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