Jezebel has a neat little post today that ranks the female SAG Award nominees according to the female empowerment rating of their character…i.e. are they doormats or victims? Check out the ratings then the entire SAG Award nominee list.
* Ellen Burstyn, Mitch Albom’s For One More Day: Dead mom/ghost helps her troubled son figure his life out. The wikipedia description says the Burstyn character saved the family with her love. Ew. Sounds like she was kind of…Verdict: Doormat
* Debra Messing, The Starter Wife: Her Hollywood hotshot husband leaves her for a Britney (pre K-Fed) doppleganger. At first she falls apart, but then through the support of her friends she falls for a hot homeless dude. Since she only realizes that her life is vapid and overly botoxed when she’s dumped, I say…Verdict: Victim
* Anna Paquin, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: Paquin plays a 19th century schoolteacher who tries to improve life for Indians on a reservation. Sounds like a tough broad. Verdict: Ok!
* Queen Latifah, Life Support: Queen plays a mother who overcomes a crack-addiction to become a positive role model and activist. Probably a little schlocky, but basically…Verdict: Ok!
* Vanessa Redgrave, The Fever: Redgrave is a woman gets involved in politics with no previous contact with world events. Down with societal apathy! Verdict: Ok!
* Gena Rowlands, What if God Were the Sun?: Quick-witted terminally ill patient helps change another woman’s outlook on life. Terminally ill? Ugh. Verdict: Victim
* Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty: HBIC at fictional Mode Magazine, Vanessa plays a conniving and immaculately coiffed baddie. Even though she torments adorable Betty, she’s pretty much…Verdict: Ok! [Jezebel]