In the current environment, as the U.S. is confronting the issue of racism, we want to acknowledge the African-American women who were the firsts in receiving Oscar nods for acting.
During the Great Depression, a significant escape for many people was the movies. Shirley Temple danced and sang her way into hearts around the country.
As we approach the holiday season, we are reminded of the Christmas movies that warm our hearts and have become movie classics. Two specific examples are It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. In this month’s newsletter, we focus on the actresses in the leading roles in those movies: Donna Reed and Natalie Wood.
The first time that a woman was nominated for Best Cinematographer in the nine decades of Oscar history was in 2018. In that year, Rachel Morrison finally broke the gender barrier and received, but did not win, the nomination for the movie Mudbound. In 1980, Brianne Murphy became the first female cinematographer to be invited to join the American Society … Read More
The Best Director Oscar was awarded for the first time at the inaugural Oscars in 1929. Since that time, only five women have been nominated for Best Director, with just one win. The first woman wasn’t nominated for Best Director until almost fifty years after the Academy Awards began – in 1977. That was Lina Wertmuller. The first woman to … Read More
Women film editors have excelled since the silent film era. One of the very first cutters (as editors were known in the early days), Oscar contender Viola Lawrence started her editing work in 1912 and later became supervising editor at Columbia Pictures. Oscar winner Anne Bauchens edited Cecil B. DeMille’s films from 1915 until 1956. Many women followed in the … Read More
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