Mother’s Day: Screen Mothers

Oscar-winning performances by actresses who play a mother whose  role is pivotal to the plot.

These films contain a maternal performance that won an Academy Award.

They show a wide array of what it means to be a mother in American and other cultures.

There’s the courageous mother (“Room,” “Erin Brockovich”);

the inspirational mom (“Mrs. Miniver,” “The Grapes of Wrath”);

the loving mother (“Moonstruck,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”);

the monstrous mother (“Precious,” “I, Tonya”)

Lead and supporting actresses include Shirley MacLaine, Frances McDormand, Brie Larson, Allison Janney, Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts, Joan Crawford and others.