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!
#17: Gabourey Sidibe
By Mellini Kantayya
Gabourey Sidibe is an Academy and Golden Globe Award-nominated actress recognized for her roles in the films Precious, Gravy, Life Partners and White Bird in a Blizzard. Her television work includes Showtime’s The Big C, FX s American Horror Story, Hulu’s Difficult People, and FOX’s Empire. She’s won an Independent Spirit Award and a NCAAP Image Award and is the author of This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare.
Oscar-nominated and Brooklyn-based mother, activist, actress and producer Maggie Gyllenhaal has spent much of her career making independent films, and has accrued a body of work that is both bold and complex. From her breakout sadomasochistic role in The Secretary, to her boundary-pushing, compelling performance in The Kindergarten Teacher, Gyllenhaal has not followed the blockbuster path, opting for films that challenge the way we think.READ MORE