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Muse Awards History
The Muse Awards, NYWIFT's annual gala holiday luncheon, celebrates the vision and achievements of women who work in the entertainment industry. Each year, remarkable and accomplished women are honored with this prestigious award. It is NYWIFT's flagship fundraising event — a highlight of the New York City holiday season in the entertainment industry — and is attended by an enthusiastic audience of 1,200 leading executives from every major studio, broadcast and cable network, and film production facility.


Muse Awards 2012: Mariska Hargitay's Acceptance Speech

Past Honorees

2013: Ellen Barkin, Connie Britton, Robin Wright, Sonia Manzano and Frances Berwick
2012:
 Mariska Hargitay, Lucy Liu, Lisa F. Jackson, Kim Martin, Debra Zimmerman & Women Make Movies
2011: Christine Baranski, Marcie Bloom, Claire Danes, Nadine Shelby Schramm, Martha Stewart, Independent Television Service (ITVS)
2010: Vanessa Williams, Cindi Berger, Pat Swinney Kaufman, Abbe Raven, Marsha Hunt
2009: America Ferrera, Julianna Margulies, Allison Silverman, Andrea Wong
2008: Linda Kaplan-Thaler, Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon, Cyma Zarghami
2007: Gale Anne Hurd, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Suzana Peric, Julie Taymor, Lauren Zalaznic
2006: Betty Cohen, Katie Couric, Mable Haddock, Ellen Lewis, John Wells
2005: Tina Fey, Debra Lee, Julianne Moore, Susan E. Morse
2004: Lee Grant, Susan Lucci, Anne Sweeney, Kristi Zea
2003: Whoopi Goldberg, Bonnie Hammer, Ellen Kuras, Emma Thompson
2002: Frances McDormand, Kate McEnroe, Lois Smith, Alfre Woodard
2001: Dede Allen, Meryl Poster, Phylicia Rashad, Liv Ullmann
2000: Annette Bening, Carole Black, Madhur Jaffrey, Rachel Portman
1999: Mary Lea Bandy; Anjelica Huston; Barbara Kopple; Marquita Pool-Eckert; Cicely Tyson
1998: Candice Bergen; Ida Lupino (posthumously); Sheila Nevins; Dyanna Taylor
1997: Ruby Dee; Judy McGrath; Mira Nair; Barbara Walters; Dianne Wiest
1996: Mary Tyler Moore; Rita Moreno; Rosie O'Donnell; Juliet Taylor; Christine Vachon
1995: Angela Bassett; Diane Keaton; Cokie Roberts; Gena Rowlands; Thelma Schoonmaker
1994: Lauren Bacall; Grace Blake; Karen Cooper; Sally Field; Penny Marshall; Jane Pauley
1993: Jane Alexander; Robert De Niro; Pat Fili-Krushel; Holly Hunter; Charlayne Hunter-Gault; Jane Rosenthal
1992: Linda Ellerbee; Nora Ephron; Kay Koplovitz; Diane Sokolow
1991: Jodie Foster; Linda Gottlieb; Peggy Rajski
1990: Geraldine Laybourne; Susan Sarandon; Patrizia von Brandenstein
1989: Glenn Close; Susan Seidelman; Joan Micklin Silver
1988: Sigourney Weaver
1987: Barbara Corday
1986: Jessica Lange
1985: Lily Tomlin; Jane Wagner
1984: Goldie Hawn; Anthea Sylbert
1983: Meryl Streep
1982: Dustin Hoffman
1981: Robert Benton; Arlene Donovan
1980: Pauline Kael

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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.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts