Now this is something for "Girls" to truly celebrate.
Indeed, since this category was created 42 years ago, the trophy has gone to a male director 41 consecutive times. Dunham's historical achievement comes three years after Kathryn Bigelow broke ground over on the film side by becoming the first woman directing champ for "The Hurt Locker."
On the TV Drama side, female victors are more common. Just last year, Patty Jenkins won for directing "The Killing," while in 2009 Lesli Linka Glatter prevailed for helming "Mad Men." Glatter was nominated again last night for "Homeland," but lost to "Breaking Bad" director Rian Johnson.
While much was made about Bigelow's triumph three years ago, Dunham's victory isn't being discussed much at all. Perhaps TV directors don't seem as important as their film counterparts? Or maybe everyone just naturally assumed that by 2013, a female TV Comedy director would have prevailed by now?
Either way, Gold Derby wants to give a big congratulations to Dunham on her well-deserved achievement. Next stop Emmy?
Every actor submits only one sample episode, which will be judged by other actors (ranging from 25 to 75 per category jury) between July 28 and August 14. TV series submit six, which will be split into three pairs to be distributed randomly to about 300 voters. We now have uncovered every single title submitted for the 2014 races. CLICK HERE FOR THE EPISODES
We analyze the pros and cons
of episodes submitted by actors
to Emmy judges
Who submitted well? Click links below to read our in-depth analysis of each actor's episode entry.
DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS
Kate Burton ("Scandal")
Jane Fonda ("The Newsroom")
Allison Janney ("Masters of Sex")
Kate Mara ("House of Cards")
Margo Martindale ("The Americans")
Diana Rigg ("Game of Thrones")