If you somehow missed the news that Ellen Page came out as gay Friday night, then you must have just woken up, because it’s been the top trending story on Facebook, Twitter, and even a feature on CNN’s homepage. Perhaps it’s a little overwhelming that one young woman’s sexuality has become the nation’s top news, but at least this means the beautiful, inspiring speech she gave at an LGBTQ youth conference in Las Vegas has reached the widest audience possible and hopefully inspired them as well. Now, on this weekend where we clearly just can’t get enough of Ellen Page, you may feel inspired to watch all of her movies. Especially if you’re someone who’s seen these headlines and thought, ‘Huh, Juno’s a lesbian,” clear your schedule and your movie queue, and fill it with this eclectic array of Ellen awesomeness. And don’t forget to look out (and be majorly excited) for the true story-based Freeheld, where Ellen will play Stacee Andre, a woman fighting for pension benefits alongside her domestic partner, New Jersey Police Detective Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), after the latter is diagnosed with a terminal illness. There’s definitely a lot to look forward to, but until then, here’s plenty to tide you over!
1. Juno (2007) - Yes, yes, I know, it’s the obvious #1. But no matter how almost exhaustingly mainstream Juno has become, and it’s still always a lovely, heartwarming little film with a touching, hysterical, and impressively natural performance by Ellen that more than deserved the Oscar nomination it received.
2. Hard Candy (2005) - Ellen surfaced on the scene in this indie about Hayley Stark, a teenager who singlehandedly takes down a presumed pedophile. It’s a chilling, focused performance that stole the spotlight and cemented her place as a rising star to look out for. It’s hard to believe that the charming star of such comic fodder as Juno and Whip It can threaten castration so realistically, but try not to leave at least a little affected (and totally scared) after sitting through this one.