The representation of women ages 45 and up in leading roles has more than doubled from 2017 to 2018, according to a report by USC Annenberg’s Inclusion Initiative. This trend may be continuing thus far in 2019—here are some examples of “silvers” who are appearing on the “silver screen” this year:
Diane Keaton stars in the movie Poms, a comedy about a cheering squad in a retirement community, along with Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier and Rhea Perlman. In an interview with Variety, Weaver said: “I think in this day and age, people realize that you don’t have a ‘use by’ date.”
Halle Berry makes an impact in the action thriller John Wick: Parabellum. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she talks about her training regimen for the move, which included jiu-jitsu, aikido and other martial arts.
Tilda Swinton is in the Sundance Film Festival favorite The Souvenir, which is directed by her longtime collaborator, Joanna Hogg. Her character’s daughter is also played by her actual daughter, Honor Swinton Byrne.
Octavia Spencer plays “Ma” in the horror movie of the same name. According to Forbes, this is Spencer’s first starring role in a genre film.
Emma Thompson stars alongside Mindy Kaling in the comedy Late Night. Thompson turned 60 this year and told The New York Times that “the denial of aging is unhealthy. It’s always been bollocks.”
In addition to being age positive, these actresses also have another thing in common: they are all Academy Award winners. Between comedy, thriller, horror and drama, so far 2019 has seen representation of women over 45 in just about every genre.