Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington Among Women's Image Awards Nominees

Kerry Washington Red Carpet - P 2013
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Kerry Washington Red Carpet - P 2013

Cecil B. DeMille's granddaughter and SAG Awards publicist Rosalind Jarrett Sepulveda are among honorary award winners.

Oprah Winfrey, Joan Rivers, Cher and Kerry Washington are among the nominees for this year’s WIN Awards (Women’s Image Awards) -- which recognize women in film, television and music for special outstanding achievement -- announced by WIN founder Phyllis Stuart.

Washington is nominated for her role in Scandal while Rivers is nominated for Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?. Winfrey is up for best actress in Lee Daniels' The Butler, while Cher is nominated for the Lifetime documentary Dear Mom, Love Cher as a writer and a producer.

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The Women’s Image Network (WIN) is a nonprofit charity that encourages positive portrayals of girls and women in film, television, gaming and advertising. It has produced the WIN awards since 1993 to honor outstanding individuals in politics, business, music and the media who promote gender parity through their creativity and leadership. The awards ceremony, in its 15th year, will take place Dec. 11 at the Hollywood Palladium.

Among honorary awards, the 2013 honorees include the Living Legend recipient, Cecilia DeMille Presley, and the Special Achievement recipient, Rosalind Jarrett Sepulveda

Presley is a philanthropist who has contributed to, among others, the American Film Institute film school, USC School of Cinematic Arts, World Society for the Protection of Animals and Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. She is the vice president of the National Film Preservation Foundation. 

“She’s very modest and private about her contributions, but people in the academies understand what an enormous philanthropist she’s been and what a great believer in supporting film preservation,” said Stuart.

Presley is the granddaughter of Cecil B. DeMille, who was known as an advocate for getting women involved in film. “My grandfather was a great believer in the artistic value of women,” said Presley. “He was famous for hiring women screenwriters, researchers and assistant directors in all facets of film, from the first silent films on. He taught me the value of being a woman, and an activist.”

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Sepulveda, the executive in charge of publicity for the Screen Actors Guild Awards for the past 14 years, has been a mentor for young women in the industry and an advocate for more diversity in film. “She has a heart of gold,” said Stuart. “She’s known in the industry as one of the kindest people. She mentored a lot of people and gives free advice to women.”

Stuart says an advisory board of professionals in film and television vote on the nominations. “We ask them to evaluate the material based on all the criteria that they would use to produce their own shows,” she said. 

A complete list of nominees follows:


Actress TV Comedy Series

Dakota Johnson Ben & Kate

Zooey Deschanel New Girl

Cloris Leachman Raising Hope

Wendie Malick Hot in Cleveland


TV Show Directed By a Woman

Gail Mancuso Ben & Kate

Nicole Holofcener Enough Said

Karen Gaviola Private Practice

Ryan Case Modern Family

Melanie Mayron Army Wives

Michelle MacLaren Breaking Bad


TV Show Written by a Woman

Callie Khouri Nashville

Elaine Ko Modern Family

Shonda Rhimes Scandal

Carol Barbee Touch

Brit Marling The East

Jane Campion Top of the Lake

Jeannine Renshaw Grey’s Anatomy


TV Show Produced by a Woman

Queen Latifah Steel Magnolias

Cher Dear Mom, Love Cher

Suzanne Martin Hot in Cleveland

Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers Scandal

Mary J. Blige Betty & Coretta

Dana Fox Ben & Kate


Actress TV Reality Series

Joan Rivers Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?

Chelsea Handler Chelsea Lately

Heidi Klum Project Runway

Khloe Kardashian Keeping Up With the Kardashians


Actress TV Drama Series

Keri Russell The Americans

Connie Britton Nashville

Katey Sagal Sons of Anarchy

Katee Sackhoff Longmire

Kerry Washington Scandal

Vera Farmiga Bates Motel


Actress Feature Film

Naomie Harris Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a Slave

Judi Dench Philomena

Sandra Bullock Gravity

Brit Marling The East

Oprah Winfrey Lee Daniels' The Butler


Comedy TV Series

Modern Family (ABC)

Ben and Kate (Fox)

New Girl (Fox)

Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 (ABC)

Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)


Documentary Film

Queen of Versailles (Magnolia Pictures)

Salinger (The Weinstein Company)

Dear Mom, Love Cher (Lifetime)

Makers: Women Who Make America (WETA)

E! Investigates: Stories of Survival (E! Entertainment)


Reality TV Series

Keeping Up With the Kardashians (E! Entertainment)

Project Runway (Lifetime)

Beyond Scared Straight (A&E)

The Face (Oxygen)

Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? (WE tv)


Drama TV Series

Scandal (ABC)

Nashville (ABC)

The Killing (AMC)

Touch (Fox)

Mad Men (AMC)

Bates Motel (A&E)


Feature Film

The East (Fox Searchlight)

Philomena (TWC)

12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)

Gravity (Warner Bros.)

Lee Daniels' The Butler (TWC)

The Way, Way Back (Fox Searchlight)