Saturday, May 12, 2012

NYWIFT Designing Women 2012 Awards - See what you missed!!

On Thursday, May 10th, a full house audience of film and television professionals attended the 13th annual NYWIFT Designing Women Awards in the executive suites of Macy's in Herald Square in New York City. (Pictured above: Boardwalk Empire Creative Team with Steve Buscemi, American actor, writer and film director, front row, 3rd from left; All photos on this blog post courtesy of photographer Eileen Miller unless noted otherwise.)


Emcee Kristen Schaal (30 Rock, Flight of The Conchords) entertained with her usual comedic effervescence throughout the presentations, but ”confessed” that she had always thought her farmer father was the hardest-working person in the world, until she realized how hard these extraordinary women behind the scenes work.
(Photo to the right of Kristen Schaal by Getty Images)


The event, co-presented by Variety, honored makeup artists Jenn Jorge Nelson (30 Rock, Baby Mama, Hope and Faith) and Julie Teel (30 Rock, Ugly Betty, In Treatment), hair stylist and wigmaker Amanda Miller (Smash, Country Strong, Saturday Night Live), and costume designer Kasia Walicka Maimone (Moneyball, The Adjustment Bureau, Capote). The Variety Ensemble Award was presented to the costume, makeup and hair design team of Boardwalk Empire—helmed by Costume Designers John Dunn and Lisa Padovani, Hair Department Head Francesca Paris and Makeup Department Head Michele Paris. (Above left photo, from L-R John Dunn, Lisa Padovani, Francisca Paris, Steve Buscemi, Michele Paris)

Tina Fey, Executive Producer, head writer and star of NBC’s 30 Rock, touted praises for her show’s makeup team (Nelson & Teel), describing their wackiest feats, including turning casts members into smurfs and opposite genders. (Above right photo, from L-R Jen Jorge Nelson, Tina Fey, Julie Teel)

Director Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote) presented to costume designer Kasia Walicka Maimone, affirming their “pact” that she will always be his “first call” on all his projects if she promises to always be his costume designer. Actor Harvey Keitel, who worked with Maimone in Wes Anderson’s upcoming Moonrise Kingdom, was there in spirit in his video tribute to the costume designer. (Left photo, from L-R, Kasia Walicka Maimone, Bennett Miller)

Cabaret singer Lady Rizo literally sang her praises with an impromptu composition she’d just written on the subway for her hair stylist/wigmaker Amanda Miller. (Left Photo Lady Rizo, aka Amelia Zirin-Brown)





All eyes on Lady Rizo and Amanda Miller striking poses on the red carpet. (Right Photo, L-R, Amanda Miller, Lady Rizo)




Steve Buscemi rounded out the presenters with heartfelt appreciation for Boardwalk Empire’s costume/hair/makeup team for transforming him into his character, Nucky Thompson.
(Left, photo of Steve Buschemi on the red carpet courtesy of Getty Images)

Pictured above from L-R, Martine Reardon, Chief Marketing Officer, Macy's, Alexandra Levi, President NYWIFT, Amanda Miller, John Dunn





Pictured in left photo from L-R, Lamonia Brown-NYWIFT Program Coordinator, Steve Buscemi, Maria Pusateri-NYWIFT member, Susan Steiger-NYWIFT Board Member & Event CoChair









by Maria Pusateri




NYWIFT member MARIA PUSATERI has worked in various roles of TV/Film production. She is the director/producer of the award-winning documentary, Vito After, about a 9/11 responder coping in the aftermath of his rescue and recovery work. Pusateri was field producer for Mondays at Racine, a new documentary from Academy Award-winning director Cynthia Wade and HBO. The film, currently in festivals, won the Audience Award at IFF Boston. Maria has also worked in TV/Film publicity, performed as an actress, and has programmed many NYWIFT screening series, as well as the former CineWomen NY Screens at the legendary Pioneer Theater.



All photos on this site courtesy of Eileen Miller unless otherwise noted. More photos of the event at: Designing Woman Awards 2012 – Getty Images
Other Resources

Designing Woman — Mara Blumenfeld nabs 2012 Merritt Award
Designing Women Facebook
30 Rock's Makeup Artists Get an Award, Share Their Top TV Beauty Secrets, Daily Beauty Reported
What It’s Like to Do Makeup For Tina Fey, Source Vintage For Boardwalk Empire and Design Costumes For Wes Anderson, Fashionista.com



NYWIFT was founded in 1977 and brings together more than 2,000 professionals, including EMMY and Academy Award® winners, who work in all areas of the entertainment industry — above and below the line. It is part of a network of 40 international Women in Film chapters, representing more than 10,000 members worldwide.. For more information visit NYWIFT.org

23 comments:

  1. Awesome write up. Designing Women looks so exciting. Great to celebrate professional women in film and tv.

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  2. I agree, this looks like a really exciting event. How good of Macys.

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  3. Tina Fey, what an amazing talent. Must have been quite an experience for all.

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  4. I enjoyed reading this and seeing these beautiful people in these gorgeous photos. What amazing artists. Designing Women Awards must be a spectacular event. Wish I was there.

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  5. Amanda ValentineMay 27, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    Wow, Steve Buscemi, Tina Fey, Kristen Schaal, what a great time to be in NYC.

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  6. Samantha PhillipsMay 27, 2012 at 6:05 AM

    I am a really big fan of Tina Fey, she is one of those amazing talents and so good of her to attend this event.

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  7. Yes, Tina Fey is truly one of those great role models and leaders for all women. She has accomplished so much.

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  8. Glad to read this blog and learn that there is an organization that recognizes leading women artists in film and television. What better place than NYC! And who doesn’t love to shop at Macys?

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  9. Good to read this report, just one thing -- Moonrise Kingdom was directed by Wes Anderson, not Wes Craven.

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    1. oops, thanks for that. Will correct asap.

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    2. It's corrected. Thanks to Green person.

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  10. Lady Rizo is awesome, just love her gown and the fun she was having with it thanks to those wonderfully orchestrated photos.

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  11. I saw Lady Rizo not too long ago and really like her artistry. Beautiful voice.

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  12. Congrats to all the winners! And great to hear of such exciting celebrities.

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  13. Yes, congrats to all. Lady Rizo’s is so electrifying.

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  14. Big fan of Steve Buscemi, never forget him in Fargo.

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  15. What makes New York City go great are all these fabulous celebrations of accomplished artists and professionals.

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  16. What a great experience to see such amazing talent in one place.

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  17. Wonderful write up about the event. I also saw Lady Rizo in NYC a few years ago. Really talented. NYC is filled with so much talent.

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  18. Christina BurtonJune 2, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Like reading the blog posts event coverage reports.

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  19. This is so refreshing and exciting to read and learn about future communications leaders.

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  20. Wow, this is really cool. Love this and love Lazy Rizo’s gorgeous gold lame gown.

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  21. Congratulations to all the winners! Wish I was there.

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