Ms. Congratulates Charlize Theron!
Ms. congratulates Charlize Theron for her Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her stunning role in North Country. Ms. featured Theron and North Country on the cover of our Fall 2005 issue. Based on a true story, Theron played a miner who stood up against sexual harassment, and eventually won a landmark class action case. This could be Theron’s second Oscar—she won her first for her brilliant portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the film Monster. Frances McDormand was also nominated, for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in North Country.
Read the Ms. exclusive conversation between Charlize Theron and North Country director Niki Caro (a 2003 Ms. Woman of the Year). And, get the story behind North Country. This back issue is on sale now!
Plus: Download a wallet-sized guide filled with nonviolent confrontation tactics to stop sexual harassment.
This year, the Academy Award nominations have recognized a number of films that address socially relevant issues, from sexual harassment to LGBT rights, freedom of speech and the oil trade. North Country received two nominations, for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Brokeback Mountain, which addresses gay relationships, was nominated for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Direction, Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. Crash received nominations for Best Supporting Actor, Best Direction, Achievement in Editing, Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture for its take on race relations in Los Angeles. Transamerica, a film about a male-to-female transexual, was nominated for Best Actress. Syriana, which takes on the oil trade, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay, and Good Night and Good Luck, which examines McCarthyism, was nominated for Best Actor, Achievement in Art Direction, Best Direction, Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture.
Three of these films, - North Country, Syriana and Good Night and Good Luck - were produced by Participant Productions, which prides itself on keeping an eye on "the double bottom line." Says Participant senior vice president for corporate and community affairs Meredith Blake, “We want to make films that are commercially viable and socially relevant.” To that end, Participant creates action campaigns in conjunction with its films, including the Stand Up campaign against sexual harassment.
The awards ceremony (hosted by Jon Stewart) will be held Sunday, March 5. We wish the best of luck to Theron and McDormand in their respective categories!