As I See It – Let us Support Stacey Angeles’ nomination for Outstanding Directorial Award

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In support of rising and promising director FilAm Stacey Angeles, director of the Daily Show with Trevor Noah’s Special, Remembering RGB: A Nation Ugly Cries with Desi Lydic, I am yielding my column this week to feature her with the article about her written by Normita Feliciano Fenn. Normita is a resident of Concord, California who was originally from Morong, Rizal, Philippines, and a graduate of journalism at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Continuing Education Program.

Normita Feliciano Fenn writes: Stacey Angeles is nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/Sports/Specials by the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

DGA announces the nominees for 2020 Outstanding Directorial Award. One of the voted nominees is Stacey Angeles, daughter of our esteemed kababayans Dr. Fernando and Nancy Angeles for her work as director of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’s Special, Remembering RBG: A Nation Ugly Cries with Desi Lydic featured on Comedy Central on October 30, 2020. Winners will be announced at the DGA Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

This show highlights the life of Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, popularly called RBG, who passed away in September 2020. RBG’s legacy toughed human issues ensuring from her time as a law student in Harvard Law School when women lawyers were invisible, their performances less relevant. With tenacity, steady hand, and calculated approach, RBG accentuated her own personal issues on reproductive rights, gender equality, women’s rights, diversity, voting rights, equal pay for women, and footprints on legal advocacy.

There are many more headlined works for her and during the presidency of Bill Clinton, appointed her as Associate Supreme Court Justice in 1993, joining Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor as the second woman to seat in the US Supreme Court.

Under Stacey’s directorship, lead actress Desi Lydic, who upon hearing of RBG’s passing conveyed diverse emotions of loss – repressed anger, lividness, uncertainty, even resorting to a cotton candy fight, that are profoundly evident among many women, not only in her generation, but from past, present, while tackling futuristic sway.

A few of the dictums of the performance of the lead actress Desi Lydic, “Excellent piece… I am glad to see you were given enough time to do justice to this topic.” A crying moment, “I still cry at the thought of this true pioneer for women’s rights.”

The essence of Stacey’s work, clip by clip, presented in a fun, comedic style, depicts issues pioneered by RBG, that are timeless, alive, and imbedded in people’s daily lives, with flavors of political and personal, both satirical and reality mix.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg said: “If you got together with like-minded people, you can be a force to change.”

On being nominated, Stacey rivals the work of household names like Spike Lee, Tommy Schlamme, notable shows, Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert, and a variety of HBO, Netflix, and Disney, to which Stacey says, “For me, the craziest part about this whole nom is that I’m up against legends Spike Lee and Tommy Schlamme (who’s work I grew up watching). I even wrote a paper on Spike Lee in college on his work and impact in the film industry so to be in a category against him… it still just blows my mind…!”

Let us congratulate Stacey for her outstanding directorship and steady hand to make the show special. Without disregard to the other nominees, tis show brings to light challenges, awakened emotions, influenced not to give up the fight for the ideals that impact people’s lives.

Stacey graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science at Fordham University in New York.

In her interview with Stacey, Normita asked the question on what drew her in pursuing the field of directing. Stacey said: “I grew up on old comedy Lucille Ball, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, early SNL, years and graduated to movies that affect4ed me so much I would break the tape from rewinding and watching on repeat way too many times. They weren’t necessarily thought-provoking cinematic masterpieces; it was like Airplane! Singin’ in the Rain, Back to the Future, to name a few out of a hundred… but I loved that for an hour or two, you could get completely sucked into this whole other world and I remember thinking I want to be a part of something like that!”

Congratulations, again Stacey! I am sure your family, friends and colleagues are so proud of you.

Stacey’s message: “I’m so lucky to have the friends and family that I have – I won the lottery with that bunch! I wish my mom were still around to celebrate this moment with me. She is my personal RBG and my hero in every single way. I get my sense of humor from her and my dad. They both have supported me throughout my whole career. Although I am pretty sure dad still wishes I were a doctor or maybe he is over it? I will make it up to him and direct a medical show one day – same thing lol. And to my husband Anton, who sticks with me through everything – including letting me abandon him during the pandemic to spend time with my family in Texas. I mean, not many spouses would be cool with that. He is a keeper!”

Stacey, we are looking forward to your winning the award!

Congratulations!

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