New York Women in Film & Television, the preeminent entertainment industry association whose mission is focused on gender equality in the New York entertainment industry for 40 years, presented their 38th ​ annual ​ Muse Awards gala luncheon on December 14 at the New York Hilton to recognize and celebrate the remarkable achievements of women in the film, television and digital media industries. Actress and CBS Commentator Nancy Giles will emcee the afternoon’s events.

The honorees included some of the most talented women in the entertainment industry.


Laura Dern

Judith Light

Amy Emmerich


·         Laura Dern, an award winning American actress and producer who has starred in some of the most well-known films, including Jurassic Park, October Sky, Wild, and The Fault in Our Stars. Most recently, she won an Emmy award for the wildly popular HBO mini-series Big Little Lies. She will be appearing in the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the second film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

·         Amy Emmerich, currently the Chief Content Officer at Refinery29 where she launched their video business which includes the critically acclaimed series Strangers, the Webby-award winning mini-series The Skinny as well as their Shatterbox Anthology film series, which was created to cultivate and spotlight the voices of women directors, telling stories outside the narrow lens of this overwhelmingly male-dominated industry. In addition to her success at Refinery29, Emmerich has won multiple Emmy awards for the powerful documentary Translating Genocide, as well as her work on MTV’s Made.

·         Judith Light, a two-time Tony Award winning actress and producer. Light has starred in highly successful television shows including Amazon Prime’s Golden Globe winning series Transparent, One Life to Live, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Ugly Betty, Who’s The Boss? and on Broadway in Lombardi, Other Desert Cities, The Assembled Parties, Wit, and more. Light has won two Daytime Emmy awards and has been nominated for Primetime Emmys, Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice awards, among countless others.


Photos: NYWIFT/John Phelps