The Oscars are coming up and to prepare we decided to celebrate some actresses who have made history! Many of them have helped break barriers for women in the male-dominated industry, but there is still a lot of work to be done. That's very evident since some of these made the list due to contributions they have made as recently as last year. Here are 12 ladies that have bravely made history in film and television.
1. Hattie McDaniel
This supporting actress won for her role in the classic, Gone with the Wind in 1940, making her the first to black woman to win an Academy Award.
2. Halle Berry
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In 2002 this hot actress was the first black actress to take home a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Monster's Ball.
3. Hedy Lamarr
In 1933, this 18-year-old leading lady's role portrayed the first onscreen female orgasm in a non-pornographic film called, Ecstasy.
4. Luise Rainer
Technically this actress made history through two roles. Luise was the first person to earn two Academy Awards in two consecutive years. One of them was for her role in The Great Ziegfeld in 1936 and the other was for The Good Earth in 1937.
5. Sophia Loren
The beautiful actress was the first woman to win a Best Actress Academy Award for a foreign film, for Two Women.
6. Fay Bainter
Before Fay, no other actress was ever up for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in the same year. In 1939, she was up for supporting for Jezebel and best actress for White Banners.
7. Lucille Ball
Everyone knows about how iconic this funny lady is, but did you know that she was the first woman to run a major television show all thanks to the success of her role on I Love Lucy? Probably not!
8. Laverne Cox
The beautiful actress is the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy thanks to her role as Sophia Burset in Orange Is The New Black.
9. Meryl Streep
The Academy's sweetheart is currently holding the most nominations out of any other actor with 19 Academy Award nominations. Impressive!
10. Teresa Graves
You might be familiar with Kerry Washington making history for being the first black woman in 40 years to lead a network drama, but this beautiful woman proceeded her. This foxy lady played an undercover cop in Get Christie Love!
11. Rita Moreno
This beauty really stole the show in her role as Anita in West Side Story. The performance was so great that she took home an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the second Hispanic to do so. However, she is the only Hispanic female to have an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony)! Only 12 people in the world have completed this high honor and Moreno achieved hers in 1977.
12. Margaret Cho
This comedian starred on All-American Girl, the first sitcom to star an East Asian family. It ended after one season due to low ratings, but Cho certainly hasn't let that stop her. She has later starred on Drop Dead Diva and more.
A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
Between the laughs the terror of McDormand’s Captain Dubois and the breathtaking virtual European tour the Zoosters’ accidental vacation is one worth taking. Madagascar 3 is by no means an insta-classic but it’s a perfectly suited for your Summer-at-the-movies oasis.
Show star John Ortiz organised the get together two days after the series creators, David Milch and Michael Mann, and HBO TV executives decided to cease production following the death of a horse on Tuesday morning (13Mar12)
The tragedy marked the third time a horse has been put down at the racetrack, where the series is filmed, during shooting.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that more than 60 cast members came together to say farewell over breakfast on Friday morning.
The show's big names - Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte and Dennis Farina - did not attend the final cast meeting.
Hoffman, who is also a producer of the show, Milch and Mann reportedly organised a 'wake' for the show on Friday evening in Hollywood.