Michaela Coel Receives Humanitarian Award at Women In Film 2022 Honors

Michaela Coel received the Jane Fonda Humanitarian Award for her “fearless” advocacy through her work, both on and off camera.

The 35-year-old British actress was honored at the Women In Film (WIF) event in Los Angeles on Thursday.

His Black Panther: Wakanda Forever co-star Lake Bell accepted the award on Coel’s behalf, from Fonda herself.

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Jane Fonda addresses the audience (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

This year’s WIF honors celebrate the women who are “laying the groundwork to transform Hollywood for the better, with their ingenuity, vision and perseverance.”

The Jane Fonda Humanitarian Award, named after its first recipient, was launched by the WIF last year.

It pays tribute to women who have “used their high-profile profiles in the entertainment industry to effect dramatic change and shine a light on issues using their powerful voices,” WIF said.

Coel is known for her BBC series I May Destroy You and is set to star in Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther sequel, Wakanda Forever.

Other winners include Abbott Elementary creator Quinta Brunson and The Woman King director Gina Prince-Bythewood.

Brunson was honored for shining a light on the work of public school teachers, which she explored in her Emmy-winning comedy series.

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Director Gina Prince-Blythewood (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Prince-Bythewood has been honored for championing female-centered stories and creating inclusive settings, including most recently on her feature film The Woman King.

Viola Davis, when presenting the award in Prince-Bythewood, said: “Of my 33-year career, Gina, (The Woman King) is the work of which I am most proud, because it is ours.

“And you had the scope, the vision, the talent, the courage to see it through.”

Founded in 1973 as Women In Film, Los Angeles, WIF champions and advances the careers of women working in screen industries, to achieve parity and transform culture.

The organization supports women and gender-marginalized people in front of and behind the camera and at all levels of experience and works to change the culture.

Kirsten Schaffer, CEO of WIF, said, “We need a community. We don’t always have to agree, we don’t always have to have the same vision, but we have to be dedicated to intergenerational work and dedicated to collective action.

“And really get into that and change the practices in our own industry.

“Inspiration is right in front of us, in the women we honor tonight, who work together to tell stories that are moving, entertaining and great – that are also transforming culture.”

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