For 37 years, New York Women in Film & Television has presented the Muse Awards for Outstanding Vision and Achievement to women behind and in front of the camera. This year's honorees included actors Mary-Louise Parker, Martha Plimpton and Debi Mazar, as well Marcia Smith (President of Firelight Media) and Jacki Kelley (COO of Bloomberg Media). The 11th annual Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award was presented to Amy Goodman (Host and Executive Producer of Democracy Now!). The always entertaining actor and CBS commentator Nancy Giles returned to emcee the afternoon’s events once again, which took place at Grand Ballroom of the Hilton New York in midtown on December 8th, 2016. The luncheon was an enormous success, thanks to the passion and support of our sponsors and member volunteers. Many attendees called this the most inspiring Muse Awards yet, with a group of powerhouse and unapologetically political women taking center stage.
We live-tweeted the proceedings – you can see highlights when you search #nywiftmuse on Twitter. And for the first time ever, we went live on Facebook, broadcasting the red carpet arrivals as well as the ceremony itself. Be sure to check out our Facebook for photos of the red carpet arrivals, luncheon & awards ceremony, and the VIP reception & networking coffee. We also posted a few of our favorites below!
|Nancy Giles (© Francesca Andre Photography)|
Highlights from the 2016 ceremony: Amy Goodman got not one but TWO standing ovations – first after the heart wrenching video of her North Dakota pipeline protest coverage, and again for her inspiring words about the importance of free speech in today’s political climate; Marcia Smith encouraged all to “dare to be powerful;” Debi Mazar paid tribute to her own personal Muse, her mother; Jacki Kelley declared that diversity inclusion should be everyone’s job; an emotional Mary-Louise Parker shared her Stop the Hate PSA; and Martha Plimpton brought down the house as our “Dean Martin” of the ceremony, wine glass in hand.
Thanks to our friends at Hello World Communications, you can watch all of the Muse speeches right here:
Alexis Alexanian's Opening Speech 2016 Muse Awards from NYWIFT on Vimeo.
Nancy Giles Muse Awards 2016 from NYWIFT on Vimeo.
Honoring Amy Goodman 2016 Muse Awards from NYWIFT on Vimeo.
Honoring Marcia Smith 2016 Muse Awards from NYWIFT on Vimeo.
Honoring Debi Mazar 2016 Muse Awards from NYWIFT on Vimeo.
Honoring Jacki Kelley 2016 Muse Awards from NYWIFT on Vimeo.
Honoring Martha Plimpton 2016 Muse Awards from NYWIFT on Vimeo.
Honoring Mary-Louise Parker 2016 Muse Awards from NYWIFT on Vimeo.
Some of our favorite Muse moments:
|NYWIFT Board President Alexis Alexanian (© Rowena Husbands)|
|Marcia Smith (© Avis Boone Photography)|
|Jacki Kelley (© Victoria Medina Photography)|
|Martha Plimpton ((© Victoria Medina Photography)|
|Amy Goodman and Loreen Arbus (© Victoria Medina Photography)|
|Debi Mazar and Mary-Louise Parker (© Rowena Husbands)|
See more Muse Awards 2016 photos on our Facebook page!
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.