Through their artistry, wherever they wrought their magic, they made us believe, in place, time, light, story, or emotion. They mentored us, challenged us, inspired us, elevated us, and made us only want to be better. Because of their particular gifts, they gave us a greater understanding of the human condition and the human heart.We lost too many of them this year, but because of the great gift of film, they will live forever.

To those who are featured here tonight, and to the many deserving others who are in our hearts, we love you, we honor you, we miss you … but most of all, we thank you.


My Favorite Disney Heroines (in no particular order)
↳ Pocahontas from Disney’s Pocahontas (1995)

based on a real historic figure: Pocahontas was  the daughter of Powhatan, the paramount chief of the confederation of Native American tribes in the East of Virginia. In 1607, she saved the life of John Smith, who recounted this anecdote in his A True Relation of Virginia. At that time, she was somewhere between 10 and 13 years of age. In 1613, she was captured and held for ransom by the English. During her captivity, she converted to Christianity, taking on the name of Rebecca, and, ultimately, choosing to stay with the English instead of returning to her people. A year later, in 1614, she married John Rolfe, with whom she had one son. The Rolfes traveled to England in 1616 where Pocahontas was presented as an example of the “civilized savage” and people regarded “the Virginian woman” somewhat of a curiosity. On the journey back to Virginia (1617), Pocahontas fell ill and died of an unknown disease, possibly pneumonia or tuberculosis.