Female directors such as Jessica Hobbs and Lucia Aniello among many others bagged the Primetime Emmy Awards for comedy and drama series directing in the same year for the first time, as makers from ‘The Crown’ and ‘Hacks’ prevailed against tough competition.
Aniello won for directing the pilot episode of ‘Hacks’, the HBO Max comedy that also won lead comedy actress for star Jean Smart.
“It’s very surreal. It feels very much like a fever dream,” Aniello said of winning for writing.
Hobbs won for helming the fourth season finale of ‘The Crown’, the episode “War” depicting the depth of the dysfunction of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s doomed marriage.
Hobbs’ win was part of an impressive near-sweep for ‘The Crown’, reports variety.com.
The last woman to win for drama series helming was Reed Morano, for the pilot of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ in 2017.
Before that, there was a more than 20-year gap after Mimi Leder’s win in 1995 for ‘ER’.