06 Feb, 18
And the winner is…a woman!
Female directors rocked the Adult Video Awards in 2018.
There’s been a lot of talk recently about the glass ceiling for women in Hollywood—especially in the ranks of Academy Award-nominated directors. Since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences first began bestowing awards in 1929, only one woman has walked home with the Oscar statuette for Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, who won in 2010 for The Hurt Locker.
This year there was talk of 2018 as a watershed year for women at the Oscars. But once the nominees were revealed, only one woman was up for Best Director: Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird. And Gerwig’s film was the only Best Picture nominee out of ten that was helmed by a woman. In fact, in Oscar’s 89-year history, only three other women have been nominated for Best Director: Lina Wertmüller (Seven Beauties, 1977), Jane Campion (The Piano, 1994) and Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, 2004).
By contrast, at the 2018 AVN Awards, half of the 10 titles contending for Movie of the Year were directed or co-directed by women—as was the winning title, Half His Age: A Teenage Tragedy (Pure Taboo/Pulse), co-directed by Bree Mills and Craven Moorehead.
Mills’ presence on the stage was the first time the Movie of the Year acceptance speech was given by a female director, but it’s certainly not the first milestone for female directors in adult. Last year, director Jacky St. James was the first woman to win Best Director – Feature honors for her movie The Submission of Emma Marx: Evolved. Directors Joanna Angel and Stormy Daniels have both had multiple wins in movie categories (including Angel’s Joanna’s Angels 2 and Band Sluts, and Daniels’ Operation Desert Stormy and Wanted).
But the success of female directors at the 2018 show is still noteworthy for the sheer number of wins. Among the movie categories that are voted on for Movie of the Year were the following: Kay Brandt’s Adventures With the Baumgartners (Best Polyamory Movie; Adam & Eve Pictures), Angela White’s Angela 3 (Best Star Showcase; AGW/Girlfriends), Joanna Angel’s Jews Love Black Cock (Best Comedy; BurningAngel/Exile) and Kayden Kross’s Sacrosanct (Best Anthology Movie; Trenchcoatx/Jules Jordan).
White and Angel also won for Angela Loves Women 3 (Best All-Girl Movie) and Babysitter Auditions (Best Lewd Propositions Movie), respectively, while Kross won Best Director – Non Feature.
Three women took home trophies for their work directing trans titles. Coming in tied for Best Transsexual Movie were Dana Vespoli, director of Buck Angel Superstar(TransSensual/Mile High), and Mona Wales and Arabelle Raphael, co-directors of All My Mother’s Lovers (Grooby/Exquisite)*. And Aiden Starr picked up a win for Best Transsexual Series for Hot for Transsexuals (Evil Angel).
“I truly love the fact that all the female directors in the industry have such a different style of directing,” Angel of Burning Angel Entertainment said. “It makes sense that female directors are dominating the field. Women analyze and obsess over every aspect of sex in such a meticulous way—it's natural for us to bring it to life in a visual form.”
Asked about other artists who inspired her, Angel said, “My early female director influences were Belladonna, and Tristan Taormino.”
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We understand that Angel was inspired by Toarmino, she is not only a good performer and filmmaker, but also an author, a columnist, a feminist and a great sex-educator. Have you enjoyed her videos yet? Check out her guide to bondage for couples! But there is more.
We love the fact that it’s not a man’s world anymore! We all have our favorite female directors here at Dusk, it is almost impossible to make a choice. But why don’t you try and enjoy these:
The Silver Shoes series by Jennifer Lyon Bell: beautiful and pure, girls loving girls in a bittersweet erotic story.
A Feminist Man by Erika Lust: one of ten ‘true confessions’ shot in Erika Lust’s signature style, densely lush and cinematically gorgeous.
Jessica Drake's Guide To Wicked Sex ‘Fellatio’: With the help of three couples, you’ll see demonstrations that include basic positions, tips, technique, deep throating and even exploring the prostate.
And of course Lara Tinelli, whose videos are always on our most watched list, Girls Sex Tricks: Ana Marco & Fenix Santos: a fresh movie full of steaming hot hookup sex.
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