Joan Rivers, Julia Roberts, Shonda Rhimes Among WIN Award Nominees

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"My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon," daughter Melissa Rivers stated at the time of her mother's death.

The annual awards encourage the creation of dimensional female media images and equality between the genders

Joan Rivers, Scandal executive producer Shonda Rhimes, and actors Emma and Julia Roberts are among the nominees for the 16th Women's Image Network (WIN) Awards, which honor females in film and television for exceptional accomplishment.

Rivers is posthumously nominated for best actress in a comedy series for her performance in the "September Issue" episode of Fashion Police (daughter Melissa Rivers was co-nominated with Lisa Bacon for producing the same episode).

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Rhimes and Betsy Beers are nominated for producing the Scandal episode "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner." The aunt and niece duo Emma and Julia Roberts are competing in the same category for best actress in a made-for-TV movie/miniseries.  Emma is nominated for her role in American Horror Story: Coven and Julia for HBO's The Normal Heart.

Founded in 1993 by Phyllis Stuart, the Women's Image Network is a charity that collaborates with entertainment-industry businesses to recognize deserving media and individuals who promote gender parity. It aims to encourage respect for women, create dimensional female media images and support social and economic equality between genders.

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The WIN Awards take place on Sunday, Dec. 14, in Southern California. The exact location, and the names of this year’s special honorees, have not yet been announced.

A complete list of nominees follows.

Documentary Film

Running From Crazy

Private Violence

E! Entertainment Special: Brooke Burket-Charvet

Beyond Candid with Giulana: Demi Lovato

Comedy Series

Melissa & Joey — "Right Time, Right Place"

New Girl — "All In"

Getting On — "Born On The Fourth Of July"

Modern Family — "Under Pressure"

Actress Comedy Series

Joan Rivers, Fashion Police — "September Issue"

Julie Bowen, Modern Family — "Under Pressure"

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl — "The Last Wedding"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep — "Crate"

Made-for-TV Movie / Mini-Series

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

The Trip to Bountiful

American Horror Story: Coven


Actress Made-for-TV Movie / Miniseries

Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart

Whoopi Goldberg, A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Michelle Trachtenberg, Killing Kennedy 

Emma Roberts, American Horror Story: Coven

Allison Tolman, Fargo

Reality Series

Iyanla: Fix My Life — "Fix My Football Star Life"

Vice — "The Pink Gang Rebellion"

Cold Justice — "Gone"

Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s — "Fools Rush In"

Total Divas — "Wedding Mania"

Actress Reality Series

Heidi Klum, Project Runway

Giuliana Rancic, Giuliana & Bill

Yolanda Foster, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Chelsea Handler, Chelsea Lately

Drama Series

Scandal — "Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner"

Bates Motel — "The Immutable Truth"

Switched At Birth — "Uprising"

The Fosters — "I Do"

Witches Of East End — "Pilot"

Sleepy Hollow — "Pilot"

Actress Drama Series

Diane Kruger, The Bridge — "Pilot"

Lena  Headey, Game Of Thrones — "The Lion And The Rose"

Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel — "The Immutable Truth"

Kathryn Winnick, Vikings — "Unforgiven"

Katey Sagal, Sons Of Anarchy — "A Mother’s Work"

Film Produced by a Woman

Mary Lisio, Teri Weinberg — Killing Kennedy

Barbara Kopple — Running From Crazy

Ann Druyan — Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey

Cynthia Hill — Private Violence

Drama Series Produced by a Woman

Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers Scandal — "Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner"

Becky Hartman Edwards, Anne Keeney, Joy Gregory, Switched At Birth — "Uprising"

Susanna Fogel, Joni Lefkowitz, Chasing Life — "Pilot"

Kerry Ehrin, Bates Motel — "The Immutable Truth"

Meredith Stiehm, The Bridge — "Pilot"

Joanna Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Christine Sacani, for The Fosters — "I Do"

Comedy Series Produced by a Woman

Paula Hart, Melissa Joan Hart, Jennifer Glickman, Melissa & Joey — "Right Time, Right Place"

Kathryn Takis, Pam Healey, Lisa Shannon, Eric & Jessie: Game On — "Episode 206"

Lisa Bacon, Melissa Rivers, Fashion Police — "September Issue"

Comedy Series Directed by a Woman

Allison Liddi Brown, Scandal — "Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner"

Becky Martin, Veep — "Fishing"

Nancy Hower, Quick Draw — "Wedding Bells"

Alisa Statman, Modern Family — "The Wedding Part 2"

Comedy Series Written by a Woman

Lena Dunham, Girls — "Two Plane Rides"

Elaine Ko, Modern Family — "Under Pressure" 

Heidi Clements, Baby Daddy — "The Bet"

Jennifer Glickman, Melissa & Joey — "Right Time, Right Place"

Megan Ganz, Modern Family — "The Wedding Part 2"

Liz Meriwether, Kay Cannon, New Girl — "Nerd"

Drama Series Directed by a Woman

Zetna Fuentes, Switched At Birth — "Have You Really the Courage"

Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy — "Do You Know"

Heather Mitchell, Scandal — "Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner"

Lesli Linka Glatter, The Newsroom — "Willie Pete"

Drama Series Written by a Woman

Lizzy Weiss, Switched At Birth — "Uprising"

Joanna Johnson, The Fosters — "Vigil"

Nkechi Okoro-Carroll, Bones — "The Ghost in the Killer"

Stacy McKee, Grey’s Anatomy — "Do You Know"