THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Oscar nominations to be announced Tuesday, SAG to honor Lily Tomlin, Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman speak out

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Oscar nominations to be revealed Tuesday

The nominations for this year’s Academy Awards will be announced Tuesday.

As previously reported, Oscar winners Brie Larson (Room) and Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) will help announce this year’s Academy Award nominees on Jan. 24.

According to the Associated Press, Oscar nominees Jason Reitman and Ken Watanabe and Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki also will help reveal the nominees in 24 categories.

The Academy will forgo a live audience for the nomination announcements and will livestream them on its website, Oscars.org. Some of the presentation will also air on Good Morning America.

Jimmy Kimmel is hosting this year’s Oscars, which will air on Feb. 26 on ABC.

Lily Tomlin to receive SAG honor

Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton will present the SAG Life Achievement Award to actor, comedian, writer, producer and all-round entertainment maverick Lily Tomlin during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, according to a news release. Tomlin’s accepting SAG-AFTRA’s highest accolade from her two long-time friends, a trio beloved as the co-conspirators in the 1980 feminist revenge comedy hit 9 to 5, will be a highlight of the annual SAG Awards ceremony, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, 7 p.m. Central and 5 p.m. Pacific.

9 to 5 is now No. 74 on American Film Institute’s list of “100 Funniest American Movies of All Time.” When the film was shot, Fonda and Tomlin were friends who had already received numerous honors for their acting achievements. It was Parton’s first feature film role, but she was a veteran of live and television performances as herself, an award-winning musician and writer. She also wrote, performed and received dozens of awards for the movie’s title song.

The three legendary artists, each of whom has a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, have remained close friends since that catalyst film. Fonda and Tomlin joined forces again as stars and executive producers of the current Netflix series Grace and Frankie. The success of the show led to both being honored this year with Actor nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, along with Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Tomlin. Grace and Frankie returns for its third season in May.

Tomlin has been a star since she joined the groundbreaking television series Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In in 1969, when it was rated the No. 1 show and watched by over 25 percent of all American television viewers. The Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment is the latest in Tomlin’s extraordinary collection of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes a 2014 Kennedy Center Award, the 2003 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, two Peabody Awards, multiple Emmys (including this year’s Lead Comedy Actress nomination), numerous American Comedy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Grammy, a Writers Guild of America Award, this year’s SAG Awards nomination, and both the Crystal Award and the Lucy Award from Women in Film.

Hidden Figures, Captain Fantastic, Fences, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight are nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, the SAG Awards equivalent of best picture. To read the rest of the nominees, click here.

Natalie Portman stars in "Jackie." Fox Searchlight Pictures photo

Natalie Portman stars in “Jackie.” Fox Searchlight Pictures photo

Natalie Portman speaks out against Hollywood’s brand of feminism

In an interview with The Guardian, probable Oscar contender Natalie Portman praised Jackie director Pablo Larraín and screenwriter Noah Oppenheim for allowing her to portray former first lady Jackie Kennedy as a well-rounded, often contradictory person.

“She can be brave, and self-interested, and vulnerable, and super-tough, and sensual, and cold, and all of these things at once because that’s how human beings are. A lot of films that try for a ‘feminist’ portrayal will just make a woman be really tough. Well, that’s not feminist because it’s not allowing the woman to be a human being. No one’s just tough,” Portman said.

She said that women have been excluded from many opportunities and Hollywood is a major offender (the statistics to prove her point aren’t pretty but worth looking at here.)

“Every year it’s exclusively male-directed, written and filmed movies that we’re talking about in awards season. Not that men shouldn’t be making films,” she said. “I love watching men’s films. It’s just crazy that there is such a minority of women’s voices out there.”

She said everyone has a responsibility to promote inclusion.

“If someone notices that there’s only one woman at the table they need to make a change. Or if they notice that there are no minorities getting prominent roles in film … they need to make a change,” she said.

Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman hope ‘Little Big Lies’ sparks changes

Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are hoping their upcoming HBO limited series Big Little Lies is one small step toward big changes in Hollywood, CNN reports.

“The real amazing part was really digging deep into the lives of women,” Witherspoon told reporters during a panel for the show at the Television Critics Association press tour. “It wasn’t about [the characters] being good or bad, [the script] showed every spectrum and every color of women’s lives.”

The Oscar-winning actresses are executive producers on the new show, alongside Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild) and David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal) and Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl).

“I’m passionate [about producing] because things have to change,” Witherspoon said. “We have to start seeing women as they really are on film.”

She added, “We need to see things because we as human beings learn from art and what can you do if you never see it reflected? I feel like women of incredible talent [are constantly] playing wives and girlfriends … I’ve just had enough.”

Based on the Liane Moriarty novel of the same name, it tells the tale of three California mothers of first-graders whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz co-star.

“It’s very rare to find five roles in one piece that we’d all jump at the chance to play,” Kidman said.

Big Little Lies premieres Feb. 19 on HBO.

-BAM

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