Muse winners include Taymor, Zalaznick


NEW YORK -- Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, New York Women in Film and Television presented its annual Muse Awards on Thursday, honoring director Julie Taymor, actress and director Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bravo Media president Lauren Zalaznick, music editor Suzana Peric and producer Gale Anne Hurd.

Actress Jane Krakowski served as the master of ceremonies for the event, held at the New York Hilton hotel.

Addressing the ongoing writer's strike, the "30 Rock" star joked that she had been forced to return to her roots and perform as a mime in the New York subway system "for nickels and dimes" prior to being asked to host the event.

Taymor, whose film "Across the Universe" was nominated for a Golden Globe earlier in the day, referred to her fellow Muse honorees as "the spiritual doctors of our community."

Choosing to forgo the traditional acceptance speech, Taymor shared a story from the time she spent in Indonesia where she had the opportunity to witness art that existed "without an audience and without critics." Taymor credits this experience to her creative ambition today.

Established in 1980, the Muse Award honors prominent film and TV personalities that positively promote the female role and presence in the entertainment industry.

Past winners include Katie Couric, Tina Fey, Julianne Moore and Whoopi Goldberg.