Birds of Prey’s All Female Team, Billie Eillish + James Bond, and the Academy Awards
Birds of Prey: The First Superhero Film With An All-Female Cast and Executive Production Team
By Alexa Bournazos
DC Comics released its $745 million dollar blockbuster hit, Suicide Squad, in 2016 which gathered a cult following. A major reason for this following and positive reaction was actress Margot Robbie’s character, Harley Quinn, a villain recruited by the government to a group of the most dangerous criminals in order to aid them in battle. Due to the popularity of Robbie’s character, DC Comics’ has created the upcoming movie, Birds Of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) – or shortly known as Birds of Prey. This coming of age story focuses on Harley Quinn’s life story with her squad of powerful women. This movie is unique because it has a multitude of strong women on the set as it includes an all-female Executive Production team: the director, writer, and all four leads are women. Robbie said, “In real life, I’m hanging out with a female gang all the time, I think girls tend to exist in a hive more so than guys. I thought it was strange that we don’t see that reflected on the screen more often.” This feminist film is a perfect display of this common female dynamic as it displays a group of women supporting each other and simply hanging out. As it is a wonderful representation of women in the industry, Birds of Prey is the first of its kind in the superhero category and hopefully the first of many.
Billie Eilish Is The Youngest Artist Ever To Write The James Bond Theme Song
By Reese Wolfe
Although Billie Eilish is one of the youngest artists in her field, she is one of the most accomplished. Billie recently wrote and recorded the new James Bond theme song and she is the youngest artist in history to add this achievement to their list of accolades. Even though details about the song have yet to be released, Eilish confirmed that she wrote the song with her older brother Finneas, who has co-written many of Billie’s albums and singles. Excited, Eilish explained how “It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way [..] James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock.” Past Bond theme songs have gone down in history as incredible, winning several awards. Adele’s “Skyfall” and Sam Smith’s “Writing’s On The Wall” both won an Academy Award for best original song. Billie Eilish has big shoes to fill as this film is expected to be Daniel Craig’s last appearance as Bond. The upcoming Bond movie is titled No Time to Die and is projected to be released in April of 2020. Billie Eilish’s music in conjunction with the always amazing James Bond movie seems like it might just be the perfect duo.
Academy Awards Female Best Actress Nominees
By Chloe Cornell
The Academy Awards will come early this year – February 9th to be exact. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to narrow the time between nominations and the ceremony this year going from about six weeks to just under a month. There were a few snubs in the nominations (hello Jennifer Lopez, Awkwafina and Greta Gerwig) and Scarlett Johansson was nominated for not one, but two Best Actress awards, one as the lead in Marriage Story and the other as Best Supporting Actress in Jojo Rabbit. This is the 12th time that an actor has been nominated for two different roles: the last time was in 2007 when Cate Blanchett was nominated for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and I’m Not There. So far there hasn’t been any actor that has won both awards.
As the Screen Actors Guild Awards are usually a good predictor to the Oscars, it is anticipated that SAG winners Renée Zellweger will win Best Actress for her performance in Judy and Laura Dern will win Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Marriage Story.
The complete list of female nominees for the Best Actress categories are as follows:
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy
Best Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
We will be sure to follow up on the ceremony with Red Carpet Recaps and highlights in the March issue and on Instagram. Stay Tuned!