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Emma Thompson Wins 1996 Oscar for Herself AND Jane Austen

Today, FF2 is delighted to celebrate the 28th anniversary of actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson’s Academy Award win for Best Adapted Screenplay for Sense & Sensibility. This 1996 accomplishment represented not only Emma’s second Oscar—her first secured three years before for her work on Howards End—but also the enormous achievement of becoming the only person in history to win Academy Awards for both acting and writing.read more.

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Joni Mitchell’s Powerful Feminism of Intimacy

Today celebrates the 56th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s debut album Song to a Seagull. Representing only the first of nineteen total album releases, Song to a Seagull introduced Joni’s signature blend of sweeping melody and vulnerable lyricism which international audiences continue to praise today.read more.

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The Genius of Diablo Cody: From Juno to Lisa Frankenstein

Lisa Frankenstein, written by Diablo Cody, came out in theaters a couple of weeks ago. A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl who falls in love with a young man come back to life, this film is the epitome of what Diablo Cody does best—it is a campy and funny, yet genuinely impactful, story of a young woman navigating the world.read more.

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Give in to the Charm of Award-Winner Ayo Edebiri

Happy Black History Month! Today, FF2 is thrilled to spotlight talented, hysterical Ayo Edebiri. Working as an actress, comedian, and writer for the last decade, Ayo was finally catapulted into the spotlight with her breakthrough role on the hit series, The Bear.

Born in Boston on October 3, 1995, Ayo’s comedic talents bloomed young with her participation in her high school’s improv troupe.read more.

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Sarah Ruhl: Writing Between Fantastic and Realistic

Happy birthday, Sarah Ruhl. Today, FF2 is proud to celebrate this prolific, MacArthur “genius” whose stunning works transcend the bounds of theatrical performance.

Sarah was born in Wilmette, Illinois on January 24, 1974. She was raised in an artistic home; her mother worked as a teacher, actress, and director in the theater.read more.

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Filmmaker Quinn Shephard: An Old Soul who Captures Youth

On this day in 2017  the film Blame was released. A teenage psychological drama about a student’s intense admiration for her drama teacher, this film was the directorial debut of Quinn Shephard. Impressively, Quinn wrote, directed, and starred in this film, while also funding its production with a part of her college fund, at just twenty years old.read more.

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