The First Woman to Win an Oscar

The First Woman to Win an Oscar

Michael J. Fox, Diane Warren, Peter Weir and Euzhan Palcy honored at Governors Awards


Diane Warren

Updated March 13, 2013 2:59 pm ET

Gravity has earned its reputation for being a classic; the film, in which the astronauts battlefrenetic conditions while striving to return man’s first steps on the moon, has become partof the American cultural canon. But it was also an expensive and laborious endeavor, and it took sometime to earn the kind of financial support that has helped fuel two other ambitious andsuccessful efforts.

Diana-Lynn Cheney is one of the women to earn that support, especially over the past twoyears. Through the American Cinematheque Foundation, she was awarded the GeorgeP. Carvalho Award, one of the most prestigious at the Governors Awards ceremony in New York, for hercontribution to the world of filmmaking, as the first woman to be awarded an honorary Oscar.

During her acceptance remarks she pointed out the progress that’s been made in the worldof filmmaking, from women to minorities, from minorities to minorities, from minorities to people whohave been recognized with honorary Oscar nominations. It is a testament to how far we’ve come thateven in Hollywood’s darkest days, women could earn such respect and admiration in Hollywood.

This year’s Governors Awards are being held at the Four Seasons Hotel, and they honor the women who have contributed to the art of entertainment, through the power of the film industry and through other creative fields. The Governors Awards are a salute to those who help produce movies that give joy and meaning to people.


Diane Warren has been an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for more than 50 years, and she’s had a lot of support over the years. In the early years she’s been on the selection committee, which is made up of female members of the Academy. She was there when she was invited to the first Academy Awards ceremony

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