Elizabeth Perkins feels the more things change for women in Hollywood and in the media landscape, the more things seem to remain stagnant. The longtime Hollywood actress has seen a lot in her over 35-year career performing for television and film as well as being at the forefront of empowering women in show business and the multitude of avenues that cover the industry.
Perkins spoke to Fox News on Tuesday at the 44th annual Gracie Awards at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., about why she continues to be an advocate for change within an industry where women haven’t always gotten a fair shake.
“Well, I feel like empowering women in media is very much like one step up, two steps back. And once we can get to two steps up and one step back, we’ll be making some headway,” said Perkins, at the swanky Gala presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. “Since I’ve been doing this for 35 years, I’ve seen how far we have come. But I also see how much we’re going to have to fight to continue to get that kind of solid representation as women in the media.”
Perkins, 58, was presented with an award for her supporting role in the HBO limited original series “Sharp Objects,” and with her well-earned Gracie in tow, told us that her fight is everlasting and only hopes it will continue through generations of actresses to come.
“That’s something I’ll fight for until I stop doing this and beyond because that’s what people here represent – empowering women since 1951. And telling women stories and uniting women as a common front. And I guess once we don’t need organizations like this anymore to empower us, we’ll start to be on equal footing.”
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Elizabeth Perkins hits the red carpet at the 2019 Gracie Awards held at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Tuesday, May 21st in Beverly Hills, California. You can see the photos below!
The Gracie Awards were established in 1975, with 2019 marking the 44th anniversary. The Gracies are celebrated with an evening event on the West Coast and a luncheon on the East Coast. These star-studded events include the visionary women who have spearheaded media progress and those who are the setting the path for the future. The Awards are hosted by The Alliance For Women In Media, an organization that is committed to supporting women across all media segments, to expand networks, educate and celebrate accomplishments.
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has announced the winners of the 44th annual Gracie Awards.
The event, which recognizes exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, cable and interactive media, will this year honor Sandra Oh, Tisha Thompson, Rachel Maddow, Connie Britton, Elizabeth Perkins, Patricia Arquette, Leah Remini, Robin Roberts, Laura Lynch, Rachel Bloom, Angela Yee, Maura Tierney, Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie among others.
The 44th annual Gracie Awards are scheduled to take place May 21 at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Honorees are selected in national, local and student markets, including both commercial and non-commercial outlets. Local and student award winners will be recognized at the Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 26 at Cipriani in New York City. To view the complete list of award recipients and honorable mentions, visit allwomeninmedia.org.
Elizabeth Perkins and her husband cinematographer Julio Macat walk the carpet at the premiere of the movie “After the Wedding” during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, January 24th in Park City, Utah.
Here is the film synopsis: “Seeking funds for her orphanage in India, Isabelle (Michelle Williams) travels to New York to meet Theresa (Julianne Moore), a wealthy benefactor. An invitation to attend a wedding ignites a series of events in which the past collides with the present while mysteries unravel.”
The movie is a gender-swapped remake of Susanne Bier‘s 2006 movie After the Wedding, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2007 Oscars.