Oscar Speeches

03.03.14

Female Films ‘Not Niche’

Cate Blanchett and Lupita Nyong'o deliver messages to Hollywood.

During her Best Actress Oscar speech, Cate Blanchett did manage to thank Blue Jasmine director Woody Allen—briefly, and only for casting her—but the high point was her calling-out of Hollywood for its bias against “female” films. She thanked Sony Classics studio “for so bravely and intelligently distributing the film and to the audiences who went to see it—and perhaps 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.” Meanwhile, Lupita Nyong’o can do no wrong. Accepting the Best Supporting Actress award for her portrayal of Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, the newly minted star was astoundingly gracious: "It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s,” she said “And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own." Another highlight was 20 Feet from Stardom backup singer Darlene Love belting out her thanks for best documentary—and, of course, host Ellen DeGeneres’ A-list selfie. Best Film went to 12 Years a Slave, and Dallas Buyers Club’s Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor trophies, respectively. See you in 2015—let’s see if the studios take Cate’s words to heart.