Code Black star Marcia Gay Harden celebrated her best actress win at the Monte Carlo Television Festival on Thursday night at a gala dinner hosted by Prince Albert II, alongside guests Danny Glover, Jason Priestley, Matthew Modine, Danielle Panabaker and Katharine McPhee.
The awards celebration for the winners of this year’s Golden Nymph awards capped the five-day TV festival.
Harden, who had just nabbed the best actress in a TV series prize, came ready for a champagne toast.
“I was just so happy and honored to be nominated at all, in a category with all these extraordinary women and the shows that are so deep and complicated in social commentary, and I was proud that Code Black amongst them all,” said the Oscar winner. Gay was the only American nominee in the best actress category, which also included Maria Schrader for Deutschland ’83, Poldark‘s Eleanor Tomlinson and Nicole Walker for the BBC miniseries River.
The pace of a TV show has been a change for the Oscar-winning actress, who said she revels in the demanding schedule. “I’m exhilarated by hard work, so it makes me feel good,” she said.
The changes in international television and the state of drama have given women juicier roles, a change Harden heartily welcomes. “I think they’re getting more reflective of what women are really like, which is complicated and multi-faceted. If these roles continue to get audiences, awards and noticed, then writers will realize there is a market for it and that’s what people want to see,” she said.
Seatmate Jeffrey Tambor said his turn on Amazon’s Transparent has been “the role of a lifetime.”
Prince Albert II joined the guests seated at the central table and was spotted showing off photos of toddler twins Jacques and Gabriella. Jane Seymour was the queen of the selfies, happily snapping dozens of pics with excited fans. She even came prepared with the her own Lumee selfie light. She had served as host and begged to sit down after spending two hours onstage in high heels.
“It’s kinda freaky, isn’t it? They asked me to do it in two languages. I can speak French but I don’t speak it very often,” said Syemour, who said she had spent most of the day practicing so as not to forget her lines.
She had done a quick change from her Giovanni fishtailed red carpet dress to a simpler white Escada sheath. “That first dress, while crazy awesome, is a lot of dress and that dress would have taken over the entire show,” she joked, before taking a turn on the dance floor with the prince.