We’re counting down the 40 days to NYWIFT’s 40th Anniversary Muse Awards with a look at some of our favorite honorees, all women of vision and achievement who have contributed to the film and television industry. Join us as we look back at #Muse40for40, and buy your tickets for the Muse Awards on Tuesday, December 10th at nywift.org/muse!
#40: Angela Bassett
By Mellini Kantayya
Angela Bassett is critically heralded actor whose prolific career has spanned four decades. She first gained recognition for her role in Boys in the Hood, and her portrayal of Betty Shabbaz in Malcolm X for which she received an NAACP Image Award.
In 1994 she received an Academy Award nomination and won the Golden Globe for her portrayal of Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It. She been nominated for six Emmy Awards and most recently she won the Screen Actors Guild award for Black Panther.
Cinematographer Rachel Morrison's arresting and haunting imagery has graced the screen in indies like Fruitvale Station, Dope and Mudbound. Most recently, she lensed the big budget feature Black Panther.READ MORE
Ruth E. Carter is an American costume designer (and NYWFT Designing Women honoree!) with an unparalleled ability to develop an authentic story through costume and character. And this year she became the first African American woman to win an Academy Award for costume design for her work in Black Panther.READ MORE
Barbara Hammer: Our industry lost a legend this week, pioneering queer experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer. A recent Vanity Fair interview highlighted the inclusive spirit that...READ MORE
Production Designer Hannah Beachler created the iconic looks of "Creed," "Moonlight," and Beyonce's "Lemonade" before taking on the fictional world of Wakanda in "Black Panther," which won her a 2019 Academy Award. She is the first-ever African American - male or female - to take home that honor.READ MORE