Graphic: Daily Mail UK.


It was quite the year for over-40 women at the Oscars.

Let’s start at the end: Kathryn Bigelow, an Oscar in each hand (despite host Steve Martin’s awkward, joking attempts to pry one away from her), her film The Hurt Locker having just won back-to-back awards for Best Director and Best Picture. Beside her, the film’s producers; behind her, its three lead actors, arms wrapped around each other in a sort of chorus line, literally jumping for joy. In her Best Director acceptance speech, Bigelow dedicates the win to “the women and men” in the armed services serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sandra Bullock winning for Best Actress: Clearly a favorite with the Academy audience, elegant in liquid silver, joking at the start of her speech (“Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?”), then going a little teary as she thanked her mother.

Mo’Nique winning for Best Supporting Actress, majestic in a blue gown and gardenia in her hair—both reportedly worn in homage to Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Oscar (for her role in the 1939 movie Gone With the Wind).

Sandy Powell, picking up her third Best Costume Design award for The Young Victoria, dedicating her Oscar to the designers of contemporary films—as opposed to lavish costume dramas—who are so rarely recognized for their work. She finishes her speech by holding up her Oscar, saying with a laugh, “But it’s coming home with me.”

Mindy Hall on stage with two male colleagues, sharing the Best Makeup Oscar for Star Trek. Chris Innis sharing the Oscar for Film Editing with her husband for The Hurt Locker. Not to mention all the beautiful, poised, and serene over-40 women in the audience, nominees Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren among them.

And then there were our liveblog comments! We’ve parked them out of sight, but you can see the love here.

Kudos to everyone on the WVFC blogging team: Diane Vacca, Helen Uffner (see her in comments), Teresa Ridley, Susan Delson, the indefatigable Dr. Pat Allen, and prime mover Chris Lombardi.

It’s not going to solve the world’s problems, we know. But still, what a glam way to kick off this year’s International Women’s Day.

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  • Vacca Diane March 8, 2010 at 11:28 am

    I’m very inexperienced at live-blogging, as I’m sure was evident. What was fun was doing it as a group, reacting to each other, sharing the excitement (or disappointment), feeling linked through cyberspace. It helped, of course, that we were all rooting for Kathryn Bigelow.

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  • Kathy Rogers March 8, 2010 at 9:21 am

    As Kathryn Bigelow departed the stage, we heard the song “I Am Woman.” The choice of the 1972 Helen Reddy song, which eloquently celebrated the feminist sentiment of its time, perhaps gives away the evolution, or lack thereof, of the awards show producers’ mindset.

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