The 2017 Emmy Awards air this coming Sunday, and while you and your gang settle in for a night of red carpet banter (hopefully paired with a glass of vino), you'll be happy to notice that this year's nominees are not of the usual under-25 variety. Of the 19 women nominated for leading roles on TV this year, the majority are over 40, reports Vogue.
The list of nominees boasts 14 women over the age of 40, 11 of which are over 50. These actresses include Viola Davis from How to Get Away With Murder, your latest Shonda Rhimes obsession; Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman from Big Little Lies, the juicy HBO miniseries; and Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin from Netflix's Grace and Frankie (the duo is in their late 70s, and they've never been more entertaining).
Vogue suggests this shift could be related to the increasing number of women producing and directing television series—compared to the astounding gap that exists between men and women filmmakers. Witherspoon, who co-produced Big Little Lies with Kidman, is among the many actresses looking to have more control over the kinds of roles offered to women.
She has openly discussed her frustration with constantly being offered the "girlfriend role" in uninspiring movies, so she did something about it and started her own production company. This year's Emmy nominations are a testament to the fact that there is a real audience interested in seeing women in the complex roles Witherspoon and others like Marta Kauffman and Pamela Adlon are creating.
Head to Vogue for the full scoop, and read up on the female directors who are leading the way for gender equality in the industry.