Dear AMPAS: FF2 Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner asks you to consider these fourteen films by women writers &/or directors (from the full list of films released in NYC theatres in 2016) for Oscar nominations next month.
(Note that this list is dated 12/1/16 & will be updated after 12/31/16.)
Jan's Favorite Feature Films of 2016 (Yes! All four of these feature films pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test with Flying Colors!)
- Hidden Figures (screenplay by Allison Shroeder)
- The Fits (written & directed by Anna Rose Holmer)
- White Girl (written & directed by Elizabeth Wood)
- The Girl on the Train (screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson)
Jan's Favorite Documentary Films of 2016
- The 13th (film by Ava DuVernay)
- By Sidney Lumet (film by Nancy Buirski)
- Equal Means Equal (film by Kamala Lopez)
- Olympic Pride, American Prejudice (By Deborah Riley Draper)
Jan's Favorite Foreign Language Films of 2016 (Yes! All four of these films pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test with Flying Colors!)
- The Innocents from France/Poland (By Anne Fontaine)
- Viktoria from Bulgaria (By Maya Vitkova)
- Narawa from Egypt (By Hala Khalil)
- Sand Storm from Israel (By Elite Zexer)
BONUS: Two Outstanding Revivals in 2016! (Yes! Both of these films pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test with Flying Colors!)
- Daughters of the Dust (1991) written & directed by Julie Dash
- Howard's End (1992) screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Top Photo from Hidden Figures: Astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell)--the first American to orbit the Earth—extends his hand in gratitude to Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), the mathematician who ran the numbers that got him safety home.
On Henson’s left is Octavia Spencer (as Dorothy Vaughn). On Henson’s right is Janelle Monae (as Mary Jackson).
Photo Credit: Hopper Stone/Hopper Stone, SMPSP - © TM & © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Bottom Photo from Howards End: Emma Thompson (as "Margaret Schlegel") and Vanessa Redgrave (as "Ruth Wilcox") bond while Christmas Shopping together in London. Photo Credit: Derrick Santini/Merchant Ivory Productions.
FINAL NOTE: Hidden Figures is currently embargoed until 12/11/16, so I am unable to post a review right now. But note that by this point I have seen over 75% of the films on the Oscar Short Lists and Hidden Figures is far & away my favorite!!! Just sayin 😉
New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO) votes on 12/11/16, so I will post our finalists at that time as well.