3 feminist movies honored at Oscars 2018
THE SHAPE OF WATER (2017)
This is the second science-fiction film to receive the most valuable award from the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences –Oscar (after The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King). In addition, the film also helped Mexican director Guillermo del Toro receive a statuette for Best Director.
Since the launch of feminist campaign, many directors and screenwriters including director Guillermo del Toro have chosen women as main characters in their movies. Although the main character is just a mute worker (implying the low social class with no voice, even the disabled) they still love and have ability to protect themselves and their most beloved ones.
According to critics, the movie The Shape of Water well deserves the Academy Award for Best Film, it shows that true love has got no distance or barrier, it helps to connect two people which are originally separated from the surrounding world. "
THE POST (2017)
The Post was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Actress for actress Meryl Streep.
Director Steven Spielberg was inspired by the Vietnam war, when Americans got involved in bloody wars. At that time, Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) was the head of the Washington Post, while Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) was a talented editor in chief. Graham was pushed into a difficult situation after taking over the publisher from her father and her husband. She was often overlooked by her colleagues. But things have changed when the editor of the newspaper reached out to the Secretary of Defense and discovered many truths about the war happening in Vietnam.
LADY BIRD (2017)
It was one of the highest rated films at this year's Academy Awards when receiving five nominations, including Best Picture. Despite the expectation of the professionals and fans, Lady Bird crew left the Oscars 2018 without any statuettes.
The Oscars also started highly appreciating the work of female directors, a big step after a series of feminist campaigns. Nominating a movie made by a female director, such as Lady Bird, or taking the movies staring female main character as top priority, is considered a significant step in the assessing process of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Lady Bird is also considered a turning point in the career of director Greta Gerwig. It is Greta Gerwig's first movie as a director and scriptwriter. Gerwig was previously the familiar face of American independent films such as Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha (2012) or Mistress America (2015).
By: Christina Baker