Single moms: Flirting with Oscar

Roles from the current Acad crop

Almost Famous: Frances McDormand is a widowed mother relentlessly concerned about the corrupting influence of sex, drugs and rock & roll on her two teenage kids.

Bounce: Gwyneth Paltrow’s husband dies in a plane crash, leaving her with two sons, a mortgage and the struggle to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.

Chocolat: Juliette Binoche and her daughter lead a nomadic existence, moving from town to town bringing both levity and suspicion to those who sample her confections.

Dancer in the Dark: Bjork plays a Czech immigrant in rural America whose encroaching blindness impels her to save her paltry factory wages for an operation for her son to avoid the same fate.

Erin Brockovich: Julia Roberts is a twice-divorced mother of three who takes on a power company in a major lawsuit involving toxic waste while trying to hold her family together.

The Gift: Cate Blanchett plays a widowed mother of two who supports her family as a psychic while her clairvoyant powers draw her into a murder investigation in the small Georgia town where she lives.

Gladiator: As a widowed mother, Connie Nielsen is caught in a power struggle between a war hero enslaved by her brother, the emperor, whose instability represents a threat to her son.

Pay It Forward: Helen Hunt plays a struggling alcoholic mother estranged from her abusive husband while raising a son who, in a classic case of role reversal, is more responsible than she.

Requiem for a Dream: Ellen Burstyn is a lonely widow whose growing addiction to diet pills mirrors her son’s deterioration from heroin use.

You Can Count on Me: Laura Linney plays a divorced mother who tries to protect her son from the influence of her wayward brother as her own life unravels.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety