Grandma

Poet. Misanthrope. Feminist. Grandmother.

Not your typical Grandma

Paul Weitz’s (About a Boy, In Good Company, Little Fockers, American Pie) new film achieves what few movies have before: It assumes that a woman can be old and interesting at the same time.

Lily Tomlin, in a performance that is, oddly and tellingly a breakout, is loud and opinionated and stubborn and ornery and angry. A poet who was renowned in the 1970s and who has ridden her success to a life of academia-adjacent bohemianism—Elle (Lily Tomlin) is also a resolute feminist who has a first edition of The Feminine Mystique that she actually reads. She is quick with casual insults and even quicker with deeper ones. And that’s largely because, a year and a half after her partner of 38 years, Violet, died of an unnamed illness, Elle is also grieving and hurting and lost. The pain—the phantom limb of a lost love—permeates everything she does, whether the thing is breaking up with current love interest or coming to terms with long-held family secrets or helping her teenage granddaughter to get an abortion.

 

2015 Oscar Nod – BEST ACTRESS race

BEST ACTRESS

Nominee

Lily Tomlin, as Elle. This is may be her 2nd Oscar nomination

 

Press for Grandma

Variety “Lily Tomlin returns to Oscar Race in ‘Grandma'”

Huffington Post “Lily Tomlin may be a ‘Grandma’, but this is her year

The Atlantic “Lily Tomlin: Not Your Typical Grandma

NY Post “Lily Tomlin’s Oscar Worthy Turn in 4-star ‘Grandma'”

OUT “Lily and the Lifeguard, Road to Oscar”

LA Times “Tackling Taboos”

 

Previous Oscar Nominations

1976 Nashville