The show launched with a thrilling, fresh and clever opening title sequence created by a WIN awards sponsor Valins and Company whose work depicted the show’s nominee names and blended into a finale of letters which were underscored by original music from musical guest Lili Haydn. This delicious opening title sequence formed a compelling and welcoming introduction to The WIN Awards 13 film, director and producer nominees.
Before WIN founder Phyllis Stuart introduced comic host Rick Overton, Stuart set the tone by quoting former WIN Awards honoree, director Jane Campion, saying “We are women, we are only half the world, but we gave birth to the whole world. No one on this planet came here without coming through us. No one on this planet should be ignorant of our views and our voices.” Campion’
Show highlights included a performance by musical guest Lili Haydn", whom George Clinton calls the Jimi Hendrix of the violin" and whose music Rolling Stone called "fiery and virtuosic". Ms. Haydn’s five piece band performed three back to back songs and depicted her artistry and astonishing depth. Haydn’s stunning new song I’M A MAN (which was performed only in its second public performance at The WIN Awards 13), helped advance an inclusive social paradigm with lyrics that encouraged people to view women as men, and see men as women so that people unite in shared humanity.
Additional musical performances included two songs from Electric Dolls band founder Lynsey Shaw who sang a show tribute to two recent fallen artists: Whitney Huston and Etta James. The show opened with a varied and soulful set sung by singer/songwriter, Heather Necole.
The first of its thirteen awards The WIN Awards 13 Activist Honoree tribute was presented to the humane clothing designer, Dalia MacPhee (Dancing With The Stars). Dalia was selected as the honoree because tests her products on celebrities not animals and gives a portion of sales proceeds to help women in war-torn regions. While WIN's mission since 1993 has been to advance social parity for women, this year WIN expanded its goals to advance social parity for all, including the health and welfare of non-human animals. To that end, WIN has added an Activist Honoree Award for humane, vegan clothing designer Dalia MacPhee.who was honored for having created a CHANGING THE WORLD ONE DRESS AT A TIME campaign to raise money for Women For Women International.
One happy show surprise was meeting Toni Basil who choreographed Bette Midler’s nominated HBO show, BETTE MIDLER: THE SHOWGIRL MUST GO ON. On behalf of Bette Midler, the winner in The WIN Awards 13 FILM / SHOW PRODUCED BY A WOMAN category, Ms. Basil graciously accepted and described how she had been creating Bette Midler’s choreography even before Basil sang her 1982, number one song: Mickey.
The remaining WIN Awards film and television awards were presented in the following twelve competing categories.
The WIN Awards 13 Winners
Outstanding Made For TV Movie / Mini Series
Outstanding Made for TV Movie / Mini Series
Diane Lane / Cinema Verite
Outstanding Film / Show Directed By a Woman
Liz Garbus / Bobby Fischer Against The World
Outstanding Reality Series
Outstanding Documentary Film
Triangle: Remembering The Fire
Outstanding Film / Show
Produced By a Woman
Bette Midler / Bette Midler The Showgirl Must Go On
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Actress Drama Series
Anna Paquin / True Blood “She’s Not There”
Outstanding Actress Comedy Series
Brooke Elliott / Drop Dead Diva
Outstanding Comedy Series
Drop Dead Diva
Outstanding Actress Feature Film
Vera Farmiga / Higher Ground
Outstanding Feature Film
About WIN & The WIN Awards
Since 1993, the non-profit corporation Women's Image Network has produced The WIN Awards to honor outstanding individuals in politics, business, music and the media who promote gender parity through their creativity and leadership. Women's Image Network, (WIN), produces The WIN Awards to thank those who advance opportunities for women by creating dimensional female media images. While The WIN Awards began in 1993 to present awards to outstanding film and television individuals they awards have grown into a juried awards show in which networks and studios submit work on a competition basis.
WIN works to level the playing field for women and girls by encouraging media artists to create dimensional female film and television images because to achieve equal rights and dignity for gender equality and women's empowerment are fundamental to our mission. Equality for women and girls is also an economic and social imperative, because until women and girls are liberated from poverty and injustice, peace, security, and sustainable development are in jeopardy.
Each year the film studios and television networks enter to compete for a WIN award in its twelve categories. The show's frisky tagline: SEE US IN 3D, NOT JUST DOUBLE D, encourages artists to advance opportunities for all women by creating dimensional female media images.
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Since 1993, the non-profit corporation Women's Image Network has produced The WIN Awards to honor outstanding individuals in politics, business, music and the media who promote gender parity through their creativity and leadership. Women's Image Network, (WIN), produces The WIN Awards to thank those who advance opportunities for women by creating dimensional female media images.