Well they haven’t changed it all but for the first time in a long time an awards show has been seen to start the break down of barriers keeping minorities suffering in the film and television industry. In the range of acceptance speech there was a focus on call to actions including giving more transgender and members of the LGBTI community opportunities to appear in roles on television. Also attention was given outside the industry when Sarah Paulson mentioned and apologised for the sexist mistreatment of Marcia Clark. Overall this year the Emmy’s spotlighted a bunch of social issues that required the attention of its audience and the Academy itself.
And whilst this was a positive thing to see on such a prestigious awards show what was still a thorough disappointment was the lack of female director winners. By now, if you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you know that the percentage of women directors in the industry is very small and out of the 4 women directors that were nominated 2 ended up winning. Which sounds great until you consider the fact that all other nominees across the 5 directing categories were men.
The two successful women were Susanne Bier for The Night Manager and Jill Soloway for her directing work on Transparent’s ‘Man on the Land’ episode. In her acceptance speech Vulture.com quoted Soloway as she “called for more casting of trans people, and thanked Amazon for promoting marginalized voices. Her speech ended with “Topple the patriarchy!” Adding to the poignant evening’s flow of socially aware acceptance speeches.
The successes of these women should be celebrated but unfortunately what their wins only draw attention to is the fact that women are still lacking a presence in the film and television industry.
With the Golden Globes, Oscars and Australia’s own award shows coming up early next year it will be interesting to see if The Emmy’s have any impact on the nominees and winners. Let us hope that with the turn over to 2017 we can start seeing a change in the industries attitudes towards these minorities.