First, let’s just get this out of the way. My 9-year-old daughter has not seen any of the films in the Best Picture category for this year’s Academy Awards®. She was concerned that readers would think I played fast and loose with parental common sense and allowed her to see some of these R-rated movies like American Sniper or Birdman. So, for the record, she has not. But she’s seen a few of the ads and billboards for the films up for Oscars® and has a basic understanding of the gist of a few of them like Boyhood and Selma. For the films that she had absolutely no clue what they were about, I gave her a short synopsis, such as “The Imitation Game is about a code breaker back in World War II” or “Whiplash is about a drummer.”
From the small amount of info I gave her and from whatever film marketing she has been exposed to, she created her own movie poster for each title with the help of a full set of Crayola colored pencils. Aside from not being interested in seeing any of the films (except for Selma, which she’s interested in since she’s been learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. in school), she had one other observation, “None of these movies are about women!” There are a few with supporting roles, but on a whole, she is indeed correct. While she perhaps was trying to express her feelings of the underrepresentation of female leads in modern cinema, I think it came down to the fact that she really likes to draw girls. Bereft of the ladies, here is her take on the movie posters for the eight films up for Best Picture this year.