Instead, she's there to do what Oprah does best. She brings hope, spirit and positivity to the film, and when she's talking to the film's main character, she has a gift of sounding as though she's talking directly to you. Winfrey gave her all for the adaptation of Toni Morrison's "Beloved," showing sadness and anger in equal measure on screen. She even went method and simulated the experience of being a slave in preparation. But the film was a sprawling and overlong epic as handled by Jonathan Demme, and the its failure at the box office sent Winfrey into a "depression.
Winfrey plays a small but significant role in Ava DuVernay's civil rights drama "Selma.
She quietly and just barely holds her head up to recite the Preamble of the Constitution and prove her civil knowledge. But it's devastating to see someone even like Winfrey humbled by pervasive racism. In this HBO movie, Winfrey plays a woman searching for a mother she never knew. Henrietta Lacks was the unwitting donor of a tissue sample that was eventually used as a cure for polio and countless other medical advances.
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But after years of lies and cover ups from the medical community, the Lacks family has grown untrusting and paranoid. Winfrey plays Henrietta Lacks' daughter as unpredictable and volatile, and her performance anchors a movie about how an African-American woman battling her own paranoia comes to terms with her heritage and family's legacy. In "The Butler," Winfrey walks a fine line between sweet and motherly -- and even unlikable. She's cheating on her upstanding husband and struggles with drink, but she's still a sage figure in this family's household.
She has an incredible scene as she's talking about Sidney Poitier, playing polite until her son insults the dignity of his own father. It's the type of performance where Winfrey is convincing enough playing nice that you're surprised when she reveals she's not a pushover.
In what is her finest work by a mile, Steven Spielberg got a hold of Winfrey just before she was "Oprah.
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Looking at her, you know she'll be a star, but she's so boisterous and defiant, you'd hardly expect her to become the warmest, most understanding media personality of the next 30 years. Still, Gosling admitted, "There are certainly worse things you can be a part of. The Gos has been more than just a part of the rise in male celebrity feminists. News, Gosling "has been the most culturally impactful male celebrity feminist so far. The Feminist Ryan Gosling tumblr quit posting new content in following the release of an unauthorized FRG book , but the much-memed man himself is still largely associated with the women's equality movement.
This has a lot to do with the fact that Gosling "absolutely has" embraced the feminist persona placed upon him thanks to social media, says Hamad. Being viewed as a feminist has "been hugely beneficial" to Gosling's career, notes Hamad. Stars' Powerful Quotes About Feminism. His speech, while obviously meant to be a testament to Mendes, got mixed reactions from the usually unequivocally pro-Gos social mediasphere.
While others saw it as a slap in the face for feminism in that it normalized the historical assumption that women will and should scale down their public sphere activities in favor of motherhood and domesticity while men occupy center stage in these arenas. But that constant valorization of, you know, the best way to be a woman is to be a woman who sacrifices herself for others and taking care of others, is hugely problematic. What's notable, though, is that Gosling's feminist or not, depending on who you tweet speech got any flak at all.
Moreover, Gosling's speech also applauded his wife's strength in the face of her brother's cancer battle as well, and the actor ultimately dedicated his speech to his late brother-in-law. Hamad agrees, saying male celebrities "almost have only to declare their affinity with feminism in order for a receptive media and fan base to begin fawning over them.
Hamad says that celebrities "often decline to account for the role played by their status as elite individuals in shaping their understanding of feminism. In other words, the famous, self-proclaimed feminists often get a bigger share of the credit for an occasional nugget of wisdom than the actual activists providing the real meat at the heart of this conversation.
Still, regardless of how you chop things up, Cobb says forward-thinking Hollywood men like Gosling "inevitably make an impact in the cultural understanding of what feminism is. For complete Oscars coverage, tune in to E!
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