WEEK IN WOMEN: Selma Blair receives Equity in Entertainment Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

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For increasing the visibility of people with disabilities in Hollywood, film and television star Selma Blair received the Equity in Entertainment Award Dec. 8 at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment gala.

The Equity in Entertainment Award recognizes individuals who amplify the voices of underrepresented communities in the entertainment industry. Previous recipients include changemakers and visionaries such as Ronan Farrow, Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Amy Pascal, according to a news release.

Blair’s long-standing career includes iconic roles in pop culture classics such as American Crime Story, Cruel Intentions and Legally Blonde, and she has worked with an array of acclaimed directors, including Guillermo del Toro and Todd Solondz.

In addition to her acting career, Blair recently was the subject of director Rachel Fleit’s critically acclaimed documentary Introducing, Selma Blair, which chronicles Blair’s courageous journey of acceptance and resilience after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, with the goal of assisting others who face similar challenges. Her perseverance and talent are just two of the contributing factors of her earning the prestigious award. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.