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?