‘Little Women’ generating Oscar buzz for Gerwig, Ronan

Director and screenwriter Greta Gerwig is already generating Oscar buzz for her new take on Louisa May Alcott’s timeless novel, Little Women, starring Saoirse Ronan as feisty writer Jo March along with a stellar supporting cast: Florence Pugh, Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Emma Watson and Eliza Scanlen.

Although the film opens on Christmas Day 2019, female film critics with preview screenings of the film have already taken to Twitter with their initial reactions:


Janelle Riley (Deputy Awards and Features Editor): “Saoirse Ronan is going to land her fourth Academy Award nomination for #LittleWomen at the age of 25.”


Jordan Crucchiola (Associate Editor): Just saw LITTLE WOMEN and honestly. Who’s NOT falling in love with Saoirse Ronan? Like in any context?”

LA Times

Amy Kaufman (Staff Writer): “Jo’s lines in #LittleWomen resonate w me completely differently now as a 33 yr old single writer. Wanting to remain independent but wanting to be loved. Greta’s take on the story made me connect w Jo in a way I never had. As a girl, I just thought she was crazy to reject Laurie.”


Kara Warner (Staff Writer): “Greta Gerwig’s @LittleWomen is wonderful. A loving, meticulously-crafted adaptation that exceeded my expectations. Heartfelt, moving and a terrific showcase for its extremely talented cast and beloved source material.”

Twitter’s collection of initial reactions from the Little Women screening also generated overall positive reviews from male critics:

Entertainment Weekly

David Canfield (Awards Writer): “So I’ve seen Little Women twice now and it’s one of my very favorite movies of the year. Greta Gerwig delivers a both passionately faithful and gorgeously original take. Saoirse is a fierce Jo, Chalamet/Dern/Streep esp are great in support, and Florence Pugh is astonishing.”

New York Times

Kyle Buchanan (Awards Season Columnist): “Greta Gerwig takes the straightforward story of LITTLE WOMEN and boldly scrambles it, starting two-thirds of the way through and retelling most of what you remember via flashbacks and cross-cutting. Call it Louisa May Alcott meets 21 GRAMS.”

The Hollywood Reporter 

Scott Feinberg (Awards Columnist): “The 36-year-old actress turned auteur could become the first female two-time best director Oscar nominee…” With a link to his breakdown of whether or not the film has a chance during awards season, asking “Is Greta Gerwig’s version of #LittleWomen an ‘Oscar movie’?” 

If early reactions are any indication, it will be.

© Brigid K. Presecky (10/24/19) FF2 Media

Photos: Little Women

Photo Credits: Columbia Pictures

Tags: Greta Gerwig, Little Women

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Brigid Presecky began her career in journalism at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. In 2008, she joined FF2 Media as a part-time film critic and multimedia editor. Receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Bradley University, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked in development, production and publicity for Berlanti Productions, Entertainment Tonight and Warner Bros. Studios, respectively. Returning to her journalistic roots in Chicago, she is now a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and certified Rotten Tomatoes Film Critic.
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