Let’s’ face it, behind every really good movie there is usually an awesome actress. The women who are nominated this year are beautiful, talented, and extremely giving. Natalie, Nicole, Michelle, Jennifer, and Annette are all in the running for a tiny little gold man and a lifetime of bragging rights. Sometimes they are mothers, sometimes daughters, and other times ballet dancers, but I’m always thankful for them. No matter who they end up playing in the movies, these women play an even bigger role off screen. Giving back.
FINCA Ambassador Natalie Portman
There are two women who seem to be heading up the pack in this race for best actress. Natalie Portman may be raking in dollars hand over fist but she’s the first to realize how lucky she is. Natalie helped launch the Village Banking Campaign for the non-profit Foundation for International Community Assistance, FINCA. FINCA works to provide financial assistance to low-income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets and improve their standard of living. Since their inception in 1984 they have helped hundreds of thousands of people in over 21 different countries. FINCA has been lending a helping hand in Haiti for over 20 years, long before the earthquake in 2010. FINCA is in the business of helping other help themselves.
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Annette Bening is right there with Natalie at the top of the favorites list for this category. She is also willing to give the shirt off her back to help out. No really, she is a big supporter of Clothes Off Our Back, which is a non-profit who auctions off the clothes of the hottest celebrities around. Annette is even giving one of her outfits from the Oscar nominated, The Kids Are Alright. The auction is on until tomorrow so you still have time to get a little piece of Hollywood and help charities at the same time. COOB uses the funds raised to give back to a couple of charities that we’ve talked about here like Feeding America and Malaria No More. Over $7 million has been raised by COOB since 2002 with the help of over 700 celebrities and 300 designers. Get a new outfit and give back? Sign me up!
Foundation for International Community Assistance Donation
Clothes Off Our Back Donation
So here’s to you actress in a leading role! Whoever ends up taking home this very prestigious title is more than deserving on and off screen. Budding actresses everywhere watch these women perform and aspire to be just like them one day. If they do grow up to be just like them then they’ll be really successful actresses, as well as incredibly giving human beings.