Elizabeth Banks Makes History as She Becomes First Female Director To Receive this Award!
Elizabeth Banks is the first woman director and fifth woman ever to receive the Will Rogers Pioneer of the Year award in the 78-year history of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation.
Actor Elizabeth Banks has become the first female director to be honoured with Will Rogers Pioneer of the Year award and gave a heartfelt speech. She is the first woman director and fifth woman ever to receive the award in the 78-year history of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation.
The award was presented on Wednesday at the organisation’s annual Pioneer Awards dinner. Banks will soon be coming out with her next directorial Charlie’s Angels, which she has also written, produced and has featured in. “I didn’t start directing movies because I think I am the greatest director in the world. I did it because I had something I want to say,” she said.
Banks continued, “I want to change the world, and so in thinking about my status, bestowed just now by three Angels, as an industry pioneer, I wanted to say something tonight that has never been said on this stage, at this forum. I wanted to do what is a staple of my work. I wanted to say something entertaining for all but especially meaningful to women and girls, something that I can pretty much guarantee.”
She also revealed how society is changing for the better. “I can only say it is probably the fear of every man in this room that you give a woman a microphone — it is all tampon talk all the time. I use my platform to chip away at injustices big and small, and to give hope to young women that the world can value them enough to not shame them for their basic human bodies. I stand with you as we face our changing and ever more globally conscious world together, because if we’re going to create culture then we all need to be pioneers,” Banks stated, adding she wishes to open doors for women from all walks of life.