I'd Like to Thank the Acade-mamas: Single Moms of the OscarsJessica Ashley
Press pause on who’s wearing what and which film racks up the most golden statues to flash the light on talented actresses who’ve been honored by the academy — and happen to be single mothers. Here are celebrity single mamas we love to watch on-screen, read about in the lady mags and laude as independent A-lister women who’ve been nominated and awarded an Oscar during their careers.
Which single mother star would you like to see walk the red carpet for an Academy Award?
Minnie Driver 1 of 9Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Good Will Hunting, Minnie Driver gave birth to son Henry a little more than a decade later. She called early single motherhood an "insane earthquake", reported Hello! and gushed about her boy, saying, "There's no amount of hassle that could be bigger than my love for Henry and the hilarity and joy that he has brought into my life."
Halle Barry 2 of 9She made history as the first and only woman so far to win the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Monster's Ball. Berry's relationships --- and their seemingly tumultuous ends -- have played out in the spotlight as well. The mother of daughter Nahla, born in 2008, is engaged French actor Olivier Martinez.
Reese Witherspoon 3 of 9When the comedic actress transformed into the role of legendary singer June Carter Cash in 2005's Walk the Line, she earned an Oscar for Best Actress. When her idealized marriage to Ryan Phillipe ended, she emerged as a confident, driven single mom to daughter Ava and son Deacon. Now married to talent agent Jim Toth, Witherspoon had her third child, son Tennessee, last year.
Charlize Theron 4 of 9The Academy honored Charlize Theron with an Oscar for Best Actress for her haunting role as a serial killer in Monster. She became mom to son Jackson in 2012. Theron has said she always knew she wanted a family and began planning to adopt when she was a little girl.
"My mother found [a letter I wrote. It said, 'Would you please take me to orphanage, so that I can go and adopt a baby?'" Huffington Post reported. "I always knew I would adopt. Always."
Kate Winslet 5 of 9Academy Awards nominations: 6
Academy Awards wins: 1
Kickass quotes on body image, embracing curves, flipping off Hollywood and raising confident kids: gazillions
Quote on single motherhood: "(It's an) empowering thing ... Experiencing those moments of being alone ... is a very, very weird flooring and exposing position to be in when you're just not used to it. I've never been lonely. And with (kids) Mia and Joe that remains the case. But to be in this place now where I can say I really like this space. I really need to not have anyone around. It's a surprise to discover that I like being on my own."
Madonna 6 of 9"You Must Love Me" encapsulated the film Evita and earned entertainer Madonna and Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1997. Today, the 53-year old single mum told British publication The Sun, "I'm not going to lie, it's hard work having four kids and doing all the work I do."
Michelle Williams 7 of 9She has three Oscar nominations -- two for Best Actress -- and is mother of Matilda Rose Ledger. She co-founded The Yoga for Single Moms Project, which launched in Boston in 2011. Yoga, she said, helped her heal after the death of former partner Heath Ledger.
"Yoga gave me relief like nothing else; it made be a better person and a better mother," Williams said.
Sandra Bullock 8 of 9After she won an Oscar for her leading role in Blind Side and shortly after filed for divorce from reality star Jesse James, Sandra Bullock was said to be the next victim of a "Best Actress curse" among married Hollywood award-winners. Bullock pursued an adoption she began several years earlier with James, and became a single parent to Louis Bardo Bullock in 2010.
Diane Keaton 9 of 9Winning Best Actress for Annie Hall in 1977 was the beginning of a long list of acclaim for Diane Keaton. She welcomed children into her family in her 50's. Nearly four decades after that Oscar, Keaton wrote in her memoir Then Again,"I'm sorry, but [motherhood is] better than any of your fantasies about love... it is love. That's the best thing."
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