I’m still in awe of how incredible 2018 was. I went to Sundance and SXSW for the very first time as press, shared my writing across multiple different websites that I adore, and attended Women in Film’s Crystal + Lucy awards where I listened to Frances McDormand, Alexandra Shipp, Brie Larson, and so many others vocalize for change and champion women working in entertainment. It makes me emotional thinking back on all of it – I never would have thought I’d be doing all of this four years ago.
My favorite part about Sundance and SXSW was how much I learned while watching a variety of different films. Each one had a different message, tone, and perspective that only enhanced my love of storytelling and indie movies in general. As expected, I focused most of my viewings on female-directed and female-led stories. This year, in particular, I felt so empowered by women both in front of and behind the camera. I saw women on screen that were beautifully complex. They were passionate, vicious, selfish, loving, angry, emotional, and so much more. There are STILL so many movies I have yet to see – take Mary Queen of Scots and The Favourite for example (I KNOW. I'M SORRY, GUYS.) So, I wanted to take the end of this year to talk about a few of my favorite female performances in film from 2018. This list is in no particular order, and will definitely be growing throughout December, but it’s ones that I believe are worth watching and admiring.Read more