Google "coming of age movies" and you will find that the stories our culture says define coming of age are those like The Sandlot or Superbad. For boys of color there are far fewer, but some: Cooley High. Boyz in the Hood. School Daze. Try Googling "coming of age movies for girls" and you'll find a lot less.
In this week's special Oscars issue, our executive entertainment editor Mike Hogan maps his own journey from Oscar skeptic to Oscar fanatic. Mike Ryan speaks with Quvenzhané Wallis, the 9-year-old who is the youngest ever Best Actress nominee. And with viewership lagging among the coveted 18 to 49 demographic, Mallika Rao asks: how can the show be made better?