2002 was the only year that Lauren Graham was nominated for a Golden Globe. That is a travesty to the acting profession. To this day, her work on both Gilmore Girls and NBC’s Parenthood (which is in its final season,) has pretty much been overlooked by critics. However, audience members, myself included, have certainly known of her massive talent for years. Graduating from Barnard College (Columbia University) with a B.A. in English, and her MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University, she certainly had the training under her belt, and a wealth of experience long before Gilmore Girls hit the airwaves. However, when GG was finally brought to life, there was no better person to handle the fast-paced, complex, and witty dialogue of writer/creator Amy Sherman-Palladino than Lauren Graham.
Breathing life into Lorelai Gilmore, Graham demonstrated her extensive emotional range and comedic skills during its seven year run. Even seven years later, her acting on Gilmore Girls is still some of the best acting I’ve seen on television. She should have won an Emmy, she should have won a Golden Globe. Maybe, we can retroactively give her all the awards from the 2000s. If you haven’t seen Gilmore Girls before, sign on to Netflix and binge-watch the entire series. Do it now! You won’t regret it.
In honor of Mother’s Day, I have compiled a list of some interesting characters from TV and Film.
Malory Archer, voiced by Jessica Walter, Archer. FX pushes the envelope with a mother who is her son’s boss and not always nice to him. But she loves him just the same.
Kitty Forman, played by Debra Jo Rupp, That 70s Show. Kitty is one heck of a mother and she doesn’t always get appreciated the way she should be her family. Well, I think she’s awesome.
Lorelai Gilmore, played by Lauren Graham, Gilmore Girls: For a teen mom, Lorelai did one hell of a job. It’s funny and heartwarming. It’s also one of the BEST shows EVER. I love it. Now, Lauren Graham is as equally motherly and impressive on NBC’s Parenthood.
4. Virginia Chance, played by Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope. She a mother and a really young grandmother. And she is hysterical. It’s one of the best shows to come around in the past few years.
Jenna Hunterson, played by Keri Russell in Waitress(2007.) Playing a woman who is coming to terms with being pregnant and not necessarily excited, but scared to be a mother is a different take on such an aged old process. Writer/director, Adrienne Shelley was murdered in her Manhattan apartment during post-production for this movie and never got to see the final film. What was amazing, is the toddler who played Jenna’s child towards the end of the film, was Shelley’s actual daughter.
Sherry Swanson, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal in Sherrybaby (2006.) A woman who just gets out of prison is trying to re-establish a relationship with her daughter. She should have been nominated for an Oscar for this role. It’s really amazing.
Hala Pzoniak, played by Claire Danes in Polish Wedding (1998.) She’s supposed to be the virginal, but winds up pregnant by a neighbor and has to marry him. It’s a little known movie, but worth the watch.
Suyuan, Lindo, Ying-Ying, and An-Mei, played by Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin, France Nuyen, & Lisa Lu in The Joy Luck Club(1993.) Four friends from China recount their lives to their daughters. Directed by Wayne Wang, it’s an amazing film and will always be one of my favorites. Based on the best-selling book by Amy Tan.
Jules and Nic played by Julianne Moore and Annette Benning in The Kids Are All Right (2010.) As a couple, and as mothers they are breaking down barriers and doing it in a way that their children can be proud, despite the complications from the birth father.
And now for the trailer to one of the movies that is highly anticipated, with Meryl Streep as the matriarch of the family in August: Osage County:
Before she was the brash, fun-loving, bridesmaid Megan that earned her and Oscar nomination, Melissa McCarthy played chef Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls. Most of my high school years were spent watching Rory, Lorelei & Sookie craft witty arguments from complex language. I wanted to live in Stars Hollow. I wanted to stay at the Dragonfly Inn. I wanted to watch Kirk have one of his meltdowns, and I wanted to eat Sookie’s food. I think that Melissa McCarthy deserved an Emmy for Gilmore Girls more than her win for Mike & Molly. Although, I thought that her Emmy win was an all-encompassing win for Bridesmaids, Gilmore Girls, and Mike & Molly. A career win, if you will. She’s a versatile actress who really showed her range on Gilmore Girls I really hope we get to see more of it in the future. Here are some of Sookie’s funniest moments: