Women Talking Won An Oscar After Its Snubs, And I'm So Hyped

The cast of Women Talking
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After being snubbed in every acting category and Best Director, Women Talking won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and I'm so hyped about it! There's been a lot of talk this award season about female directors being left out of the race, as Aftersun and The Woman King’s leaders were also snubbed. And now, to see Sarah Polley on the stage, as one of the 2023 Oscar winners, accepting an award for her beautiful movie that she wrote and directed brought me so much joy. 

The movie is a vital piece of work that is ingeniously written, and the women in the film deliver Polley's prose beautifully. To see this film represented on the biggest stage in movies is empowering and gives me so much hope for the future. 

Not only was it empowering to see Polley on stage, her speech was also perfect, biting and eloquent. She started by making a joke about The Academy not being offended by the words Women and Talking being in the same title, and then said: 

The last line of our film is said by a young woman to a new baby and she says ‘Your story will be different from ours.’ It’s a promise, a commitment an anchor and it’s what I’d like to say with all of my might to my incredible kids.

You can see her full acceptance speech here:

I was so profoundly moved by Women Talking, and I was devastated when Polley didn’t get nominated for the movie, and the cast of Women Talking received no acting nominations. In fact, Polley’s Oscar expectations for her movie being nominated were so low she had an appointment when they were announced, which is so sad. And it was a surprise that movie was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. So to see it win, has me so stoked and full of happiness.

I’m so thrilled that this vital story about women making the courageous decision to fight, stay or leave got the recognition it deserved. As a young woman being able to see someone who looks like me on stage is profoundly meaningful, and seeing women on stage at the Oscars for work like Women Talking and standing up for themselves gives me so much hope for the future. 

However, while I’m so hyped for Sarah Polley, and so proud of her, I think it’s still important that we acknowledge how much more this movie deserved. The fact that Claire Foy, Rooney Mara and the ensemble weren’t nominated is devastating, and the fact that Polley as well as many other female directors weren’t represented in the Best Director race shows that there is still work to do. 

While there’s work to do, and a long way to go, Polley’s win is a massive step in the right direction and shows so many women that their voices can be heard, and will be heard. 

Riley Utley
Weekend Editor

Riley Utley is the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. She has written for national publications as well as daily and alt-weekly newspapers in Spokane, Washington, Syracuse, New York and Charleston, South Carolina. She graduated with her master’s degree in arts journalism and communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Since joining the CB team she has covered numerous TV shows and movies -- including her personal favorite shows Ted Lasso and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She also has followed and consistently written about everything from Taylor Swift to Fire Country, and she's enjoyed every second of it.