March is International Women’s Month, and I say better late than never. 🙂 Time and again, the power of the female sex has been tried and tested in giving breakthrough recognition in the field of entertainment. However, since this is an entertainment blog, I’ll be putting a twist and focus on some achievements that might be helpful once you had a Trivial Pursuit game. In short, here are some notable trivia by women awards and recognition-wise:
Edie Falco is the only actress in Emmy history who has won both Outstanding Lead Actress honors for both Comedy and Drama genres. For her notable turn as the iconic mob wife Carmela Soprano, she received three Emmys in the Drama categories for The Sopranos. Just in 2010, she won for Best Actress in a Comedy Series Showtime comedy Nurse Jackie.
Kyla is the only Filipina female artist who can brag about having a moonman! In 2001, Kyla won the International Viewer’s Choice Award for the Southeast Asia Region for her breakthrough epic video Hanggang Ngayon. The only other Filipino artists who won this trophy are Eraserheads in 1997 and Parokya ni Edgar in 1999. Kyla was also the only solo artist that represented the Philippines in that category during the country’s six year run for eligibility.
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There is only one woman in Oscar history who has won the trophy for Achievement in Directing, and that was Katheryn Bigelow who won for the war movie The Hurt Locker. It took 82 years before Oscar finally welcomed a woman with an Oscar in hand for the best Director category. Aside from Bigelow, there have been only three other woman who contended for this Oscar: Lina Wertmuller in 1976 (for Seven Beauties), Jane Campion in 1993 (for The Piano), and Sofia Coppola in 2003 (for Lost in Translation).
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In the history of beauty pageantry, the Philippines has been a hit or miss. While we were able to snatch titles every now and then, there’s one title that will never ever be taken away from one of the Filipina delegates. Melanie Marquez, 1979 Miss International, is the youngest beauty queen in the history of the big four titles. She was 15 years old when she was crowned.
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In the history of the Grammy awards, only two singers have won all the Big 4 categories (Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist). The first one was Christopher Cross in 1981 where in he swept all four awards in one night. The second one, however, is the only female who accomplished that, and of course, it’s no other than Adele. Adele won Best New Artist in 2009, and as we have witnessed earlier this year, she also swept the Big 3 for her album 21 and single Rolling in the Deep. As a small correction, Norah Jones alsos wept the four categories in 2002, but since she didn’t write “Don’t Know Why”, she’s not credited for that Grammy win.
Lea Salonga is the only Filipina who has the pleasure of performing at the Oscars when she sang A Whole New World in 1993. And if that’s not impressive yet, she also won Tony in 1991 for Miss Saigon. Still, the only Filipina who has one of the EGOT trophies in a major category.
Speaking of EGOT, there have been lots of performers who already belong to this very famous club. EGOT (Stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) is a high mile club which shows how versatile you are by winning four of the top awards for every channel of entertainment may it be film, music, television, or theater. While there are already female achievers of the title, the first woman to do so was Helen Hayes. Hayes won the Oscar Best Actress in 1932 for The Sin of Madelon Claudet, the Tony for Best Actress in Happy Birthday in 1947, the Emmy Best Actress for Schlitz Playhouse of Stars in 1953, and finally, the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Recording in 1976.
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It is quite hectic for an actor to have more than a movie per year. Having two will totally eat your schedule. However, that’s not the case for Vilma Santos, as she sets the record for the most number of films in a single year with… are you ready… 23 films in 1970. That’s like the filmography for most actor and actresses nowadays. Along with countless more movies and recognitions, no wonder she is one of Philippines’ finest.
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It is very rare for a female artist to get a trophy just for being a collaborator in a single. That’s what Gwen Stefani’s 2001 moonman win was after Eve won for Best Female Video for Let Me Blow Ya’ Mind. Since Gwen was featured in the video, she gets to have a moonman as well. Now I know why you feel as if that’s not an accomplishment yet. Here’s the actual catch: On that same night, not only did Gwen win the Best Female Video VMA, she also won the Best Male Video for Moby’s collaboration with her for Southside. And for that, Gwen made history by winning both Male and Female Video VMAs without even being the main featured singer for both songs.
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Also regarded as the best Filipino actress ever, Charito Solis is the Philippines’ answer to Katharine Hepburn. And to further highlight her versatile acting skills, Charito Solis is the first actress elevated to the FAMAS Hall of Fame after winning five Best Actress trophies for Kundiman ng Lahi (in 1958), Emily (in 1960), Angustia (in 1963), Igorota (in 1968), and Don’t Cry for Me Papa (in 1983). Impressive isn’t it?
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It is very hard for a woman of color to win the film’s top recognition (see: Viola Davis). However, Hattie McDaniel was the very first woman to accomplish that when she won Best Supporting Actress for Gone with the Wind in 1939. It will take another sixty years before the next black actress to get an Oscar which is the case of Whoopi Goldberg for Ghost in 1990. It has been followed by Halle Berry (the first and only black Best Actress winner) in 2001, Jennifer Hudson (Best Supporting Actress for Dreamgirls) in 2006, Mo’nique (Best Supporting Actress for Precious) in 2009, and just earlier this year, Octavia Spencer (for The Help).
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And lastly, we’ll be including on my list the first ever Pinay cover for FHM Philippines, the ever flawless, Sunshine Cruz. It was April of 2000 and FHM was just on its second issue ever when this mestisa celebrity graced the cover of the now famous magazine. The rest, as they say, is history.
That’s 12 names, 12 different accomplishments. This just goes to show how much women make impact in every aspect of their respective fields. Happy International Women’s month to all the female readers of this blog. 😀