WOMEN
02/24/2015 09:55 am ET Updated Feb 24, 2015

11 Strong Movie Heroines That Broke The Mold For What On-Screen Women Can Be

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While the nominees for this year's Oscars were decidedly less than diverse, a silver lining can be found in considering the powerhouse roles of the Best Actress nominees. Julianne Moore's moving portrayal of a professor's rapid descent into Alzheimer's disease, Reese Witherspoon's intrepid depiction of a young woman's 1,000-mile trek through the wilderness and Marion Cotillard's powerful take on a hardworking factory worker struggling to save her job have all been praised, rightly so, for their groundbreaking depictions of female strength and complexity.

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