The eternally fabulous Helen Mirren caused a stir at last night’s Empire Awards when she noted that director Sam Mendes cited only men when naming his inspirations. Mendes made a speech upon receiving his “Empire Inspiration” award (apparently that’s a thing) in which he discussed filmmakers who have inspired him through his career, but all the filmmakers he mentioned were male. When collecting her own award (for “Empire Legend” – apparently that’s also a thing), Mirren remarked:
I don’t want to unduly pick on Sam Mendes, but when he spoke about his inspirations earlier this evening, I’m afraid not a single one of the people he mentioned was a woman. Hopefully in five or 10 years, when Sam’s successor is collecting their Inspiration award, the list will be slightly more balanced in terms of its sexual make-up. In the meantime, this one is for the girls.
In addition to being intrinsically awesome, I take it that this is proof that Helen Mirren tacitly endorses our Gendered Conference Campaign, right? RIGHT???