Pax Thien Jolie Pitt/Netflix; Fox Searchlight Pictures; Melinda Sue Gordon/Twentieth Century Fox As the Academy pushes for gender and racial diversity among its voting ranks, many have called for greater representation of women in front of and behind the camera. It’s fitting, then, that the tides of change have begun their swell at Telluride, particularly as strong female-focused titles storm the conversation out of the awards-positioning festival. From directors (First They Killed My Father‘s Angelina Jolie, Lady Bird‘s Greta Gerwig, Battle of the Sexes co-director Valerie Faris, Faces Places‘ Agnes Varda) to stories primarily driven by strong female performances (The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, A Fantastic Woman, Battle of the Sexes, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool), women have made headway with critics at the annual Colorado-based event, earning reviews that are strong enough to carry them on to the next round of vetting at TIFF and the NYFF. Here’s a look at how Telluride and Venice have impacted potential Oscar contenders in the award race thus far. The Shape of Water Clocking in at an astonishing 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 8.8/10 from 20 reviews, Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance… Read full this story
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