The earnest biopic is just the sort of flick that does well with the Emmy Awards. And actresses of, ahem, a certain age, feature prominently in the TV movie/mini race. Recent winners include Helen Mirren (a record four times), Meryl Streep, Maggie Smith, and Judy Davis.
A decade ago Sigourney Weaver landed her first Emmy nod for her role as the evil stepmother in "Snow White: A Tale of Terror," a feature that played on Showtime. She lost the prize for best lead actress in a movie/mini to Ellen Barkin, who starred, alongside Oprah Winfrey, in the inspirational "Before Women Had Wings." Now Sigourney Weaver makes her TV movie debut in another movie with a message — "Prayers for Bobby" — as the real-life Mary Griffith who became a gay rights crusader after her religious intolerance drove her gay teenage son to suicide.
Reviews for the movie were mixed, but almost all singled out Sigourney Weaver's performance. Said Reuters, "the film is an undeniable tour de force for Sigourney Weaver, who portrays the rigidly devout and ultimately devastated mother with a raw intensity and passion." And Matthew Gilbert of the Boston Globe thought, "Weaver manages to make Mary's shift credible, without taking a dive into earnestness and schmaltz."