And the Oscar Goes to a 41-Year-Old Man and a 26-Year-Old Woman. Sounds About Right
But now that I’m clinging to my mid-thirties by the skin of my teeth, (mid-thirties lasts until 39, right?), I’m ever more aware of which roles are available to women as they get older. And since, as Oscar Wilde says, “Life imitates art,” movie roles count, dammit!
Fueled by a whiff of a suspicion of injustice, I naturally turned to Wikipedia. “Lemme find out exactly how few older women have ever won Best Actress and compare that to Best Actor,” I snickered. I was sure this had been done a million times before. I mean, this is not new. There are no good roles for older women, everyone knows that.