Women Take Top Emmy Comedy and Drama Series Directing Emmys for First Time

  • Variety
Women Take Top Emmy Comedy and Drama Series Directing Emmys for First Time
Female directors took home the Primetime Emmy Awards for comedy and drama series directing in the same year for the first time, as helmers from “Hacks” and “The Crown” prevailed against tough competition.

Lucia 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,” Aniello said of winning for writing. “It feels very much like a fever dream.”

Jessica 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.” When pressed backstage, Hobbs said she tried not to think about how the retrospective would be received in 2021 but rather focus on the feelings that the characters would have had in the moment.

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