Probably don’t need to tell you, but it can’t be said enough: Moonlight has won the Best Picture Oscar, making it the first LGBTQ film to take home the industry’s highest honor.
The film is based on the play, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” and scriptwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney says:
“Moonlight isn’t just a ‘gay film’ or a ‘black film,’” attributing an inauthenticity in limiting the film to just one category.
“It is a queer story, it is a gay story, it is a poverty story — you know what I mean? It is a story about drug addiction.”
Through its win, many are celebrating the universality of stories told from marginalized perspectives – that anyone can relate to & learn from these less visible perspectives even if the experiences between the viewer and the film’s subjects are dissimilar.
We hope that the Best Picture win will ignite an intellectual curiosity for many more people to seek out the film than would otherwise – but what’s assured: Moonlight is a landmark film that will enjoy a place in the studied canon for the rest of film history.
You’re just a bee charmer, Idgie Threadgoode. That’s what you are. A bee charmer.
Two differing contemporary reviews of the film:
“The…trouble is the script’s implicit cowardice. Every attribute of the story of these two young women implies a lesbian attachment. For that lesbian love, Masterson rescues Parker, and that love warms their subsequent lives…But the screenplay omits any mention of this implied component.” - Stanley Kauffman, The New Republic
“[The filmmakers] show commendable tact and subtlety in the extraordinary friendship between Idgie and Ruth, allowing viewers to make up their own minds about the precise nature of the relationship.” - Abbie Bernstein, Hollywood Drama-Logue
FGT is a landmark film for many a queer viewer, presenting what appears to be a clear romantic storyline. It’s a nice change from the way lesbians are often presented in fetishized/oversexed ways in mainstream media, but in this case it may have been reigned in too much. It had to be watered down enough from its source material to qualify as a “women’s movie,” which is to say straight women, who the studio couldn’t afford to alienate. imo, the first reviewer is right - this is not commendable tact, it’s enforced cowardice.
On this day in 1937, Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With the Wind”.
Margaret Mitchell was born on November 8, 1900, in Atlanta, Georgia, into an Irish-Catholic family. At an early age, even before she could write, Mitchell loved to make up stories, and she would later write her own adventure books, crafting their covers out of cardboard. She wrote hundreds of books as a child, but her literary endeavors weren’t limited to novels and stories: At the private Woodberry School, Mitchell took her creativity in new directions, directing and acting in plays she wrote.
In 1918, Mitchell enrolled at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Four months later, tragedy would strike when Mitchell’s mother died of influenza. Mitchell finished out her freshman year at Smith and then returned to Atlanta to prepare for the upcoming debutante season, during which she met Berrien Kinnard Upshaw. The couple was married in 1922, but it ended abruptly four months later when Upshaw left for the Midwest and never returned.
The same year she was married, Mitchell landed a job with the Atlanta Journal Sunday magazine, where she ended up writing nearly 130 articles. Mitchell would get married a second time during this period, wedding John Robert Marsh in 1925. As seemed to be the case in Mitchell’s life, though, yet another good thing was to come to an end too quickly, as her journalist career ended in 1926 due to complications from a broken ankle. With her broken ankle keeping Mitchell off her feet, however, in 1926 she began writing Gone With the Wind. Perched at an old sewing table, and writing the last chapter first and the other chapters randomly, she finished most of the book by 1929. A romantic novel about the Civil War and Reconstruction, Gone With the Wind is told from a Southern point of view, informed by Mitchell’s family and steeped in the history of the South and the tragedy of the war.
In July 1935, New York publisher Macmillan offered her a $500 advance and 10 percent royalty payments. Mitchell set to finalizing the manuscript, changing characters names (Scarlett was Pansy in earlier drafts), cutting and rearranging chapters and finally naming the book Gone With the Wind, a phrase from “Cynara!, a favorite Ernest Dowson poem. Gone With the Wind was published in 1936 to huge success and took home the 1937 Pulitzer. Mitchell became an overnight celebrity, and the landmark film based on her novel came out just three years later and went on to become a classic (winning eight Oscars and two special Oscars ).
During World War II (1941-45), Mitchell had no time to write, as she worked for the American Red Cross. And on August 11, 1949, she was struck by a car while crossing a street and died five days later. Mitchell was inducted into Georgia Women of Achievement in 1994 and into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2000. Gone With the Wind was her only novel.
All of you
who love CAROL must know how I felt opening the envelope with my shaking hands
and wildly beating heart. I hadn’t forgotten about the letters I had written to
her, Cate, Rooney, Sarah and Todd in late February but to be honest, I hadn’t
expected to receive replies of any kind. I had googled their agency addresses
and sent them along knowing fully well they’d end up in the bottom of some pile
of fan mail and not be taken seriously in any way. The process of expressing my
deep gratitude and putting on paper the thoughts and feelings CAROL had set in
motion in me had been its own reward.
not to be rude but gem x sag should be everyone’s otp 😇 imo, gemini can never go wrong with a fire sign - there’s excitement in every neck of that wood, but personally, sagittarius brings it all for a gemini. gem’s childlike gaze at the world chaperoned by the helping, supportive hand of the wise, philosophical sag can show both these signs new points of view no matter the subject and the conversations will never lack of compelling content. though of the fire signs, sag is the most tame fire, this can soothe the scattered nature of most gemini’s resulting in their fickle hearts finding solace in the places across the globe that sag will find themselves in. their combined adoration with learning and gaining knowledge will send them on unbelievable dates around the world - scoffing macaroons in paris, reading poetry while floating through the venice canals, snapping polaroids at american landmarks, watching foreign films in japan. as sister signs, gem and sag will find their relationship as such - squabbles and teasing galore, but an honest to god bond for life. i could go on forever about how sagittarius focuses and grounds gemini without being stifling, and how sagittarius finds no truer equal for a match in gemini as their chameleon personalities can offer anything the sag has ever looked for in another, but i’ll just…stop. also, allie’s a gem + used to date a sag and it was 🔥🔥🔥 let me tell u
Ralph Feinnes and Tony Revolori traverse the expanse of the Desgoffe und Taxis family mansion led by Lea Seydoux as housemaid Clotilde. Tours of the historical building remained suspended during shooting, allowing the cast and crew to freely explore the maze-like layout of this national landmark.