The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media will receive the 2022 Governors Award at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on Sept. 12 “in recognition of their efforts to promote gender balance and promote inclusion in the entertainment industry,” the TV Academy announced Monday. . .
Founded in 2004 by the Oscar-winning actress, the Institute is a research-based organization working within the entertainment industry to create gender balance, advocate for inclusion, and reduce negative stereotypes in family entertainment media.
The Governors Award honors an individual or organization in the television arts and sciences whose achievement is so exceptional and universal in nature that it goes beyond annual Emmy Awards recognition. Past recipients of the award, introduced in 1978, include Debbie Allen, Tyler Perry, Star Trek, american idol, William S. Paley; Hallmark Cards Inc., Masterpiece TheaterComic Relief and ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and A+E networks.
“Since 2004, the Institute has been fighting for Equality and Representation, long before it was comfortable to take that position. The Television Academy is honored to add the organization to its prestigious list of recipients,” said Kim Taylor-Coleman, co-chair of the Governors Award selection committee. “The Institute’s work continues to result in real-world changes that have an impact well beyond the soundstages and venues we pop up every day,” added Michael Spiller, co-chair of the committee.
Davis said: “We are incredibly honored to receive this award from the Board of Governors in recognition of our work. We know that in many sectors of our society it can take many years to achieve true gender equality, but there is one area where equality can be achieved virtually overnight: on the screen.
The Institute’s president and CEO, Madeline Di Nonno, added, “Seeing yourself reflected in popular culture is incredibly powerful. As we say, ‘If they can see it, they can be it.’”
In addition to her 1989 Oscar for her supporting role in The Accidental TouristDavis was nominated for Best Actress in 1992 for Thelma & Louise and in 1992 and received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2020. She also received an Emmy nomination in 2006 for her lead role in the ABC drama Commander in chief.