My favorite part of the Oscars last night? Lily Tomlin and Meryl Streep doing the Robert Altman introduction Altman-style. What bravura! Those two women have more acting skill, more daring, and more self-awareness and strength than those young things poured into designer gowns that held the stage the rest of the time.
Where are the movie roles for those women? Aren't there stories to tell about people my age?
And if a movie were to be made that starred Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin, would Hollywood pat itself on the back vigorously? Racism, prejudice against gays--it is hip to be aware of these things. But it is not hip to be a middle-aged female.