It looks very much like this year in Hollywood is going to be labelled ‘The year of the older woman’ or ‘The year veteran actresses became valuable‘ and we want to stand up and cheer about it. The hunt for the Best Actress is on, and the nominees are expected to be drawn from the movies targeting older generations and the stars we know and love here at Starts at 60! The race is on for movies to be released by December to qualify, but there are some awesome contenders, and sitting back we all think it has to be time. So do some of America’s leading movie reviewers.
It’s about bloody time older women got their time in the limelight! In strong contention we seem to have 75 year old Lily Tomlin, with her film Grandma from Sony Pictures; 55 year old Patricia Clarkson with Learning to Drive an older-targeted drama that is enjoying furore for its tantric sex scene among other things!
We’ve also got 70 year old Helen Mirren in there for Woman In Gold by The Weinstein Company, and 72 year old Blythe Danner for a little cult movie I’ll See you in My Dreams distributed by Bleecker Street. And, Meryl Streep is certainly out there at the young age of 66 with Ricki and the Flash. Also out there in the league apparently is Maggie Smith at 80 with Lady and the Van (not yet released) and a 69 year old Charlotte Rampling in 45 years, also ready for release next month.
In the slightly less mature but not that young category, we’re also likely to see Julieanne Moore in Freeheld, Charlize Theron with Max Max: Fury Road and Cate Blanchett with two movies that might qualify, Carol and Truth. And finally, Sandra Bullock, with Our Brand is Crisis. What a lineup!
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Who said older actresses are forgotten by Hollywood? According to Deadline magazine, the real question is whether these fabulous leading ladies can attract the popular vote.
Have you seen any of these movies? Are you pleased to see the older actress getting somewhere?