New York Women in Film & Television recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the NYWIFT Muse Awards honoring women of outstanding vision and achievement both in front of and behind the camera in film, television, and digital media. This year’s honorees included some extraordinary women: Gloria Estefan, Ann Dowd, Kasi Lemmons, Anjali Sud, Jane Rosenthal and Shoshannah Stern.
Take a look back as we introduce you to what our Muse Honorees consider a Muse:
Emmy Award-winning Actress
40th ANNIVERSARY MUSE AWARD HONOREE
Ann Dowd has had several notable roles and received multiple honors over the years including the 2017 Emmy Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series’ for her acclaimed performance on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”, as well as a Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Critics Choice Award. She received an Emmy nomination for her role on the beloved HBO series “The Leftovers”. She also was the recipient of ‘Best Supporting Actress’ from the National Board of Review, as well as being nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and Critic’s Choice Award her performance in the controversial psychological thriller “Compliance”. In 2019, Ann co-starred in the Foxtel limited series “Lambs of God”, based on the Australian novel by Marele Day. The show was the recipient of 18 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards including lead actress for Ann.
Ann’s film roles include “Hereditary”, “American Animals”, “Captain Fantastic”, “Collateral Beauty”, “St. Vincent”, “Flags Of Our Fathers”, “Marley & Me”, “Garden State”, “Philadelphia” and Ben Wheatley’s upcoming adaptation of “Rebecca”. Ann’s illustrious television career has been highlighted by an acclaimed performance “Olive Kitteridge”, recurring roles on “Good Behavior”, “Masters of Sex”, “Judging Amy”, “Third Watch”, “Freaks and Geeks”, and memorable appearances on “True Detective (Season 1)”, “Girls”, “House”, “Chicago Hope”, “The X-Files”, “NYPD Blue” and 9 different characters within the “Law & Order” franchise. Ann has starred on stage in plays including “The Normal Heart,” “Doubt,” “Blood from a Stone,” and on Broadway in “The Seagull” with Kristen Scott Thomas and Carey Mulligan, “Taking Sides” with Elizabeth Marvel, and “Candida” alongside Mary Steenburgen.
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*Video shot by Terrence Romney
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Anjali Sud is the CEO of Vimeo, the world’s leading professional video platform. Anjali leads a global team of over 500 individuals dedicated to empowering creators and businesses with the tools to tell their stories. Anjali previously served as General Manager and Head of Marketing at Vimeo, where she oversaw the growth of over 150 million members using the platform. Before that she held various positions in e-commerce, finance and media at Amazon and Time Warner.READ MORE
Kasi Lemmons is an award-winning director, writer, actress and professor who has been a staple in Hollywood for nearly three decades. She began her career with the acclaimed 1997 feature directorial debut, “Eve’s Bayou”, which was recently inducted into the National Film Registry.READ MORE