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Lily Tomlin's Emmy nomination gives ageism in Hollywood a needed kick in the gut.

'I feel kind of like the television Meryl Streep. She’s got like 20 nominations, but hers are all Oscars.'

Lily Tomlin's Emmy nomination gives ageism in Hollywood a needed kick in the gut.

This year, Lily Tomlin was nominated for an Emmy for her role as Frankie in "Grace and Frankie."

Tomlin was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, continuing to prove she's the real deal. How many memorable roles can you think of when you see that face? A lot, right?

The comedian has been up for an Emmy a whopping 23 times throughout her 40-year career, and this is Tomlin's second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress.


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"I feel kind of like the television Meryl Streep," Tomlin told The Daily Beast. "She’s got like 20 nominations, but hers are all Oscars."

This year, Tomlin is nominated for her perfectly eccentric character on the hilarious Netflix series where she stars opposite her longtime friend (and "Nine to Five" costar) Jane Fonda. The fact that they're both on-screen together again is enough reason to tune in.

With this nomination, Tomlin proves there is definitely a place for woman of a certain age on television.

In "Grace and Frankie," she plays an older divorceé who's forced to rethink her life after discovering her longtime husband is gay.

Ageism is live and well in Hollywood. When actors are cast, they're usually asked to play stereotypically slow and non-tech savvy characters. Ageist comments are also incredibly common. And a study recently found that only 11% of roles in films go to actors who are 60 years old and up.

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Image by Chris Delmas/Getty Images.

Tomlin's nomination is much-needed proof that age is just a number, especially for Hollywood's leading women.

"There was a time, when I first started cresting over 50 or something, when I would get offers for a supporting kind of role," Tomlin told the Daily Beast. "And she was always just dotty, that’s all. Her age and everything was always what she was defined by and how funny she was in her dottiness. Needless to say, I didn’t take those parts."

Fingers crossed that Tomlin will take home the award and show everyone once and for all that age is nothing but a number. But even if she doesn't, we hope that her accolades will prove to casting agents that the tides are turning. Diversity on screen is definitely the new trend.

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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