In “The First Wives Club,” Goldie Hawn is perfectly cast as an Oscar-winning actress who finds a dearth of opportunities coming her way as she grows older. She famously complains, “There are only three ages for women in Hollywood: babe, district attorney, and Driving Miss Daisy.”
While there is a common complaint that women in film are often regulated to the roles of mothers and girlfriends, that’s not always a bad thing. This season is seeing a plethora of complex, fascinating women’s roles battling for space on the Oscar ballot while the men seem to pale in comparison. And some of the best performances of the year focus on motherhood, in all its glory and pain.