Mindy Kaling & Lynda Carter Celebrated at the Gracie Awards

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Marika Dominczyk, Honoree Lynda Carter, with Lifetime Achievement Award, and actor Scott Foley attend the 41st Annual Gracie Awards at Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Marika Dominczyk, Honoree Lynda Carter, with Lifetime Achievement Award, and actor Scott Foley attend the 41st Annual Gracie Awards at Beverly Wilshire Hotel

Photo Credit: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Alliance for Women in Media

On Tuesday night, The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation handed out the 41st Annual Gracie Awards to a packed house at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Marika Domińczyk hosted the Lincoln Motor Company-presented ceremony, which recognizes successful women in media. 
The ceremony, led by executive producer Vicangelo Bulluck and featuring a production team with a female director, female assistant director, female stage manager and an all-female camera crew, hosted honorees like Lifetime Achievement Honoree Lynda Carter, Mindy Kaling, Allison Janney, Kathie Lee Gifford and more, while presenters and additional guests in attendance included Octavia Spencer, Scott Foley, Marilu Henner, Melissa Rivers, Maureen “Mo” Langan, Andrea Navedo and Danica McKellar.
Octavia Spencer (L) and Honoree Allison Janney
Octavia Spencer (L) and Honoree Allison Janney

Photo Credit: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Alliance for Women in Media

Allison Janney, after being presented her award by Octavia Spencer for her work on Mom, gave a warm-hearted speech around her admiration of the Alliance for Women in Media for recognizing her work on a show that celebrates women, stating that “women who find that getting through all of the ups and downs of life, they find it easier to get through it leaning on each other. That’s what we do as women. That’s what we should do. It makes us stronger and more powerful.”

Mindy Kaling took a light-hearted approach on an issue very important: pay inequality. “For years and years, the role of a lead actress on a sitcom was to do two things: look amazing and make one-third of what my co male star makes.” She continued, “I want to be clear. I do always look amazing on the show, and no man on that show makes more money than me.”

2016 Gracies Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter received nothing short of a standing ovation when she was presented with the top honor of the evening. She touched on trailblazing women she looked up to like Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett and legendary stuntwoman Jeannie Epper, and expressed that the idea of her as a role model and “the fact that I may have inspired [young women] makes me happy.”

  • Honoree Mindy Kaling
    Honoree Mindy Kaling

    Photo Credit: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Alliance for Women in Media

    Kathie Lee Gifford gave an acceptance speech thanking the broad audience who has accepted and supported her. “I am so grateful that I found an audience that let me be me. That let me share my ups and downs. That their heart broke when my heart broke. And they laughed at my stupid jokes and they forgave me when I made mistakes. And I cannot tell you how deeply grateful I am.” She finished by dedicating her award to her late husband Frank Gifford pointing to the sky and announcing, “This is for you, honey. You made me laugh.”

  • Grammy Award-nominee Andra Day took to the stage for the unforgettable performance of the evening. Day, who closed the evening, brought the house down and the audience to their feet as she gave a flawless and empowering performance of her single Rise Up from her album “Cheers to the Fall.”
A view of the atmosphere at the 41st annual Gracie Awards
A view of the atmosphere at the 41st annual Gracie Awards

Photo Credit: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Alliance for Women in Media

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