Road To Oscars: Little Women

Little Women is Greta Gerwig’s newest project. It has a total of six Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan, Best Supporting Actress for Florence Pugh, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score. It’s the only Best Picture nominee to be directed by a woman.

In 2017, the amazing Greta Gerwig made her directorial debut with Lady Bird, which garnered critical acclaim and made her become only the fifth woman to be nominated for the Best Director category. Now with Little Women, she was snubbed in the directing category despite her film receiving a Best Picture nomination and a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination. This has infuriated many people, and rightly so, as Little Women wouldn’t have been as beautiful and amazing without Greta, and she deserved the recognition. However, instead of focusing on the bad, let’s celebrate the beauty of Little Women!

I’m going to be honest: I wasn’t a big fan of Lady Bird, but I was hopeful that her next movie would be something that I would like so much more, that’s what Little Women is. This story follows the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth, as they navigate their lives in Massachusetts in the midst of the Civil War. Meg wants to marry rich and form a family of her own, Jo wants to be a famous writer, Amy wants to be a painter, and Beth desires to be a musician. Their mother, Marmie, is very supportive of all of their talents. When a rich man and his son move next door, Jo becomes smitten with the young man known as Laurie. 

The movie is incredibly beautiful and impeccably shot. It was profoundly heartwarming, I wasn’t expecting that to be the tone of the movie. It was just heartwarming and happy. The script was a perfect blend of honoring the original book, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott while giving it a modern twist and still resonating as the original that captured many hearts years ago. Greta gave it her own twist and her own voice and I think that’s why the movie worked so well, she made it her own and wasn’t just another remake. 

The movie was further elevated by the performances. The stand out was definitely Florence Pugh. 2019 has been her year. She has demonstrated her wide range and talent. She stole the show as Amy March and made her likable because arguably Amy is the least likable sister. She managed to outshine Meryl Streep, and do you know how hard that is? She was the best actress of them all and completely deserves that Oscar nomination. 

I consider Little Women to be superior to Lady Bird and I'm very excited to see what Greta Gerwig will do next. She 's incredibly talented and she will no doubt continue making incredible films. Hopefully, she will win the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay on February 9th.

Now, watch the trailer, watch the film and make your own opinion!


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