Women’s Image Awards nominations: ‘Mary Queen of Scots,’ ‘Little Women’ lead

The Women’s Image Awards has announced its 2018 nominations, with the BBC miniseries “Little Women” that aired on PBS’ “Masterpiece” series earning a leading six bids on the TV side. As for films, “Mary Queen of Scots”and the Ruth Bader Ginsberg biopic “On the Basis of Sex” both secured five spots on the ballot, followed by Melissa McCarthy’s “Can Your Ever Forgive Me” with four.

Given the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement’s push against sexual harassment and lack of equal opportunity for women in Hollywood, the fact that an organization like Women’s Image Awards exists is more important than ever. The group that is celebrating its 20th anniversary has just announced its nominations in 18 categories. The TV and film nominees are selected from a field of submissions from networks and studios.

TV generally tends to be more female friendly. Gold Derby’s 10 Oscar front-runners in the Best Picture category and five top picks in the directing category all feature men for now. Yes, “Lady Bird’s” Greta Gerwig became the fifth female filmmaker to be nominated last year. But there continues to be a need to shine a spotlight on female talent both in front and behind the camera. As a just-released study backed by the Creative Artists Agency  that looked at the 350 top-grossing U.S. films released between January 2014 and December 2017 found, that films with women in the lead made more money – both low-budget and blockbusters.

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The winners of each category will be announced on February 22, two days before the Oscars.

BEST FILM
“Boundaries”
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
“Capernaum”
“The Hate U Give”
“Mary Queen of Scots”
“On the Basis of Sex”

BEST FILM PRODUCED BY A WOMAN
Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Debra Hayward, “Mary Queen of Scots”
Mollye Asher, Chloe Zhao, “The Rider”
Leslie Urdang, “The Seagull”
Diablo Cody, Charlize Theron, Beth Kono, Helen Estabrook, “Tully”

BEST FILM DIRECTED BY A WOMAN
Rory Kennedy, “Above And Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow”
Shana Feste, “Boundaries”
Nadine Labaki, “Capernaum”
Josie Rourke, “Mary Queen of Scots”
Mimi Leder, “On the Basis of Sex”

BEST FILM WRITTEN BY A WOMAN
Shana Feste,”Boundaries”
Nicole Holofcener, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Chloe Zhao, “The Rider’
Diablo Cody, “Tully”
Jane Anderson, “The Wife”

BEST FILM ACTRESS
Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Kelly MacDonald, “Puzzle”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Saoirse Ronan, “Mary Queen of Scots”
Felicity Jones, “On the Basis of Sex”|
Amandla Stenberg, “The Hate U Give’

BEST FILM SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kathy Bates, “On The Basis of Sex”
Mackenzie Davis, “Tully”
Regina Hall, “The Hate U Give”
Margot Robbie, “Queen of Scots”
Cailee Spaeny, “On the Basis of Sex”
Tika Sumpter, “The Old Man & The Gun”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“He Lied About Everything”
“Jane”
“Wasted! The Story About Food”
“What Haunts Us”

BEST TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES 
“Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story”
“Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story”
“The Girlfriend Experience,” “Erica & Anna: Freefall”
“Howards End,” Episode 3
“Little Women,” Part 2

BEST TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES ACTRESS
Hayley Atwell, “Howards End,” Episode 3
Sara Bareilles, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”
Carmen Ejogo, “The Girlfriend Experience,” “Bria: Making Amends”
Maya Hawke, “Little Women”
Emily Watson, “Little Women”
Catherine Zeta-Jones, “Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story”

BEST DRAMA SERIES
“Code Black”: “Cabin Pressure”
“Grey’s Anatomy”: “Don’t Fear the Reaper”
“How to Get Away With Murder”: “Lahey V. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania”
“Once Upon a Time”: “Chosen”
“Power”: “Everyone Is Implicated”
“Quantico”: “No Place Is Home”
“Scandal”: “Over A Cliff”

BEST DRAMA SERIES ACTRESS
Samantha Colley, “Genius”: “Chapter Four”
Danai Gurira, “Walking Dead”: “Honor”
Olivia Munn, “Six Ghosts”
Rhea Seehorn, “Better Call Saul”: “Breathe”
Katheryn Winnick, “Vikings”: “Moments of Vision”

BEST COMEDY SERIES
“Grown-ish”: “It’s Hard Out There For A Pimp”
“Sweetbitter”: “Now Your Tongue is Coded”
‘American Housewife”: “Field Day”
“The Bold Type”: “Feminist Army”
“Vida”: Episode 6

BEST COMEDY SERIES ACTRESS
Caitlin FitzGerald, “Sweetbitter”: “Simone’s”
Julianna Margulies, “Dietland”: “Tender Belly”
Joy Nash, “Dietland”: “Tender Belly”
Ella Purnell, “Sweetbitter”: “Simone’s”
Yara Shahidi, “Grown-ish”: “It’s Hard Out There For A Pimp”
Katie Stevens, “The Bold Type”: “The Domino Effect”

BEST REALITY SERIES
“America Inside Out With Katie Couric”: “Inside the Revolt”
“Unapologetic with Aisha Tyler”
“Total Divas”: “The Bella Comeback”
“Citizen Rose”

BEST REALITY SERIES ACTRESS
Nikki Bella, “Total Bellas”
Khloe Kardashian, ‘Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian”
Rose McGowan, “Citizen Rose”

BEST SHOW PRODUCED BY A WOMAN
Amy Berg, “Counterpart”: “The Crossing”
Susie Liggat, “Little Women”
Sera Gamble, “The Magicians”: “Six Short Stories About Magic”
Jane Root, “One Strange Rock”: “Home”
Danielle Franco, Nomi Ernst Leidner, Adri Murguia Karley Sciortino, Gena Konstantakos, “Slutever”: “Happy Endings”
Dede Gardner, Stephanie Danler, Sarah Esberg, “Sweetbitter”: “Now Your Tongue Is Coded”

BEST SHOW WRITTEN BY A WOMAN
Tanya Saracho, “Vida,” “Episode 6”
Kelly Sounders, “Genius,” “Chapter Three”
Heidi Thomas, “Little Women”

BEST SHOW DIRECTED BY A WOMAN
Jennifer Getzinger, “Counterpart,” “No Man’s Land- Part 2”
Hettie Macdonald, “Howards End,” Episode 3
Vanessa Caswill, “Little Women, Part 2
Alice Jones, “One Strange Rock,” “Home”
Millicent Shelton, “Preacher,” “Coffin”

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