Reed Morano recently made history with her pilot of THE HANDMAID’S TALE as the first woman ever to win both the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series and the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama for the same body of work.
She was the first woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series category in 22 years.
Reed’s pilot of THE HANDMAID’S TALE received a total of 13 Emmy nominations and 8 wins, including Outstanding Drama Series, another historical first for any streaming network. In the same year, Reed was also nominated for an Emmy for her cinematography on the pilot of DIVORCE for HBO.
Following its release, Indiewire ranked THE HANDMAID’S TALE as one of the “20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century" and Vanity Fair named Reed one of six TV Power Players to Watch in 2017.
Reed’s latest feature film, I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW, starring Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning, won the Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it debuted in the Dramatic Competition. The film was also awarded the prestigious Dolby Atmos grant.
Reed is a distinctive director who began her career in filmmaking as a cinematographer and often acts as her own cinematographer while directing her feature work. Reed did double duty on her latest, I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW, as well as her directorial feature debut, MEADOWLAND, starring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson.
The critically acclaimed MEADOWLAND premiered in competition at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and then went on to earn Reed’s work an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Cinematography. The film also landed her on Indiewire’s 20 Best Breakthrough Directors of 2015.
In 2011, Reed was honored with the Kodak Vision award for cinematography at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy awards. In past years, she has been named one of Variety's "10 Cinematographers to Watch", one of Ioncinema’s "American New Wave 25", and one of five innovative cinematographers in ICG Magazine's "Generation Next" Spotlight. In 2012, Reed's work was featured in Indiewire's "On the Rise: 5 Cinematographers Lighting Up Screens in Recent Years." and "Heroines of Cinema: An A-Z of Women in Film in 2012."
Some of Reed's thoughts on the digital revolution and how it has affected filmmaking are featured in Keanu Reeves' acclaimed documentary SIDE BY SIDE. She was also honored to be featured in Kodak's long-running ON FILM series.
In 2013, Reed became the youngest active member inducted into the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers, as well as 1 out of only 12 female cinematographer members at the time. Later that year, Reed was invited to become a member of the cinematographer’s branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). In 2015, Reed was honored as the NYU Fusion Film Festival’s 2015 Woman of the Year.
Reed’s most recent feature, THE RHYTHM SECTION, a global espionage thriller/character study starring Blake Lively, Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown will premiere November 22, 2019. It is produced by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson for Paramount Pictures.