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Variety's Women's Impact Report: Diablo Cody and Ellen Page

Variety's Women's Impact Report: Diablo Cody and Ellen Page

Variety has issued its annual Women's Impact Report, highlighting women who have made an impression at all levels of entertainment. Just like last year, the list includes executive powerhouses, household-name performers, and lesser-known talents. Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be spotlighting some of the women whom I find particularly noteworthy. Today's pick: the screenwriter and the star of Juno, Diablo Cody and Ellen Page.

Variety has a whole category devoted to Diablo Cody and Ellen Page, titled "The Muse and the Messenger." I had no way of knowing back in December when I first saw Juno that it would explode on the movie scene as much as it did. It even went on to earn Oscar nods as one of the few heartwarming Oscar films, and one of the even fewer female-centric Oscar films.

We can thank screenwriter Diablo Cody for dreaming up the sweet script, but it was the combination of that and a smart, sassy, lovable lead character that so endeared this film to many people. For more on these two ladies,


The Variety profile goes into the backlash that followed Juno's popularity, especially toward Cody:

The lion's share of scorn was aimed squarely at Cody, whose oft-repeated backstory, distinctive colloquialisms and largely thesis-less Entertainment Weekly columns made her a conspicuous target for comment-board assassins. For the seemingly unpardonable sin of writing a distinctive, successful comedy on her first attempt (and collecting Oscar, BAFTA, Indie Spirit and WGA statuettes for her trouble), Cody has inspired a budding cottage industry of parodies.

I tend to think that the haters who get personal with their attacks — beyond just disliking the movie, which is all a matter of taste — are perhaps a little jealous. The awesome thing is that it's not getting Cody down, not even a little: "Tenacity is as important as talent," Cody says. "And criticism is as useful as praise. I eat it like fuel. I'm the little engine that runs on hate. My productivity spikes when I've got something to prove, and it seems like I always do."


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hardcorecupcakex hardcorecupcakex 8 years
I love Ellen
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's funny - when the movie first came out i didn't have any wish to see it and then as the buzz grew around it - i finally fell to the pressure and went to the theater and i was pleasantly surprised by what i saw. i think that there's a great message in what the film had to say - and to think that it came from an unknown writer and an equally unknown actress - well that's something that's kind of immpressive if you think about it.
any any 8 years
wow ellen page looks pretty in that pic
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I think both of them are very talented, but I think that their constant witticisms would annoy me if I knew them in real life.
supertramp supertramp 8 years
Diablo Cody is a talented woman and I had no idea she wanted to strip, but she's just someone else to look up to now. I also love Ellen Page, her work in Hard Candy was the best in my opinion, and also in an American Crime even if Catherine Keener stole the show.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Ellen Page is truly an amazing actress. We just watched Smart People which was made before Juno and fell in love with her all over again.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
she didn't HAVE to strip... she did it because she wanted to! (not meaning to sound rude - i just finished her book candy girl)
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Ellen Page looks adorable in that picture. I really liked Juno, Ellen is funny and a really good actress. Diablo is funny too. I'm glad she doesn't have to strip anymore.
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