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!)
Top Photo from Hidden Figures: Astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell)–the first American toorbitthe 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).
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.