Women win best comedy and drama series by directing Emmys for the first time

The directors first won the Primetime Emmy Awards for Directing Comedy and Drama that same year for the first time, as the directors of “Hacks” and “The Crown” prevailed against fierce competition.

Lucia Aniello took home the award for directing the pilot episode of “Hacks,” the HBO Max comedy which also won the lead comedy actress for star Jean Smart.

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“It’s very surreal,” Aniello said of winning for the writing. “It sounds a lot like a fever dream.”

Jessica Hobbs won the victory for directing the finale of season four of “The Crown”, the episode “War” illustrating the depth of dysfunction of the doomed marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Hobbs’ victory was part of an impressive near sweep for “The Crown”. When in a hurry behind the scenes, Hobbs said she tries not to think about how the retrospective would be received in 2021, but instead focus on the feelings the characters would have had at the time.

“I wouldn’t say we think so much about how they will be viewed,” Hobbs said, but rather “about the actual circumstances of the person at that time.”

The last woman to win for the direction of a drama series was Reed Morano, for the pilot of “The Handmaid’s Tale” in 2017. Before that, it was a gap of more than 20 years after the victory of Mimi Leder in 1995 for “ER”.

On the lighter side, women are no stranger to winning for the production of comedy. In 2018, Amy Sherman-Palladino won Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Award. Gail Mancuso won back-to-back wins in 2013 and 2014 for “Modern Family”.

Creative women have also won kudos for writing, including Michaela Coel who wrote for a limited series for HBO’s “I May Destroy You” while the trio who created “Hacks” – Aniello, Jen Statsky and Paul W Downs – won for writing comedy series. .

“I just wrote a little something, for writers, really. Write the story that scares you, that makes you unsure, that makes you uncomfortable. I challenge you, ”Coel said as he accepted his trophy for“ I May Destroy You ”. “In a world that prompts us to walk the lives of others to help us determine how we feel about ourselves and see in return the need to be constantly visible, for visibility these days seems to be synonymous. of success. Don’t be afraid to disappear, from her, from us, for a while and see what comes to you in silence.

(Pictured: Lucia Aniello and Jessica Hobbs)

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