EMMYS fans have been left in shock after Geena Davis tripped over her long yellow gown in an embarrassing live TV mishap.
The 66-year-old accepted the Governors Award on behalf of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Monday’s 74th Emmy Awards, but not before a head-turning moment.
As the actress was making her way up to the stage she seemed to get tangled by her dress before various people came to her aid, including comic Martin Short.
“Thank you so much!” Geena told the screaming audience as she admitted “I tripped over my own dress!”
Fans on social media were also locked into the moment as one person tweeted: “Geena Davis asks for help up the stairs and a swarm of dudes rush to the stage. Damn right.”
Another commented: “I love the divine Geena Davis realizing her walk up the stairs was gonna end badly, summoning help, and having a whole fleet of men race to her side.”
“I love all the men rushing the stage to help Geena Davis, but I especially love Martin Short for being one of them,” shared a third.
The president and CEO of the Geena Davis Institute, Madeline Di Nonno, also joined the famous Hollywood star onstage to accept the honor.
Geena told the audience: “We are incredibly honored to receive this award from the Board of Governors in recognition of our work.
“We know that in many sectors of our society true gender equality may take many years to achieve, but there’s one space where parity can be reached virtually overnight: on screen.”
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The Governors Award is handed out to individuals, companies or organisations that have made an outstanding and long-lasting contribution to the art and/or science of television.
Other notable stars that have received the honor include Tyler Perry and Debbie Allen.
In an online statement, Governors Award selection committee co-Chair Kim Taylor-Coleman praised the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media for “fighting for equality and representation, long before it was comfortable to take that stand.”
“The institute’s work continues to result in real-world changes that have an impact far beyond the soundstages and locations we show up at every day,” added committee co-Chair Michael Spiller.
But it’s not the first time that Geena has been awarded for her work battling the gender bias in Hollywood.
In 2019, she was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Oscars, joining legends such as Frank Sinatra, Oprah Winfrey, and Angelina Jolie.
Best known for her role in 1991’s Thelma & Louise, Geena is rarely seen in public these days.
Following her role in Ava back in 2020, she took a break from acting to focus on fighting for increasing opportunities for women on screen.
But she’s currently filming a new thriller directed by Zoe Kravitz, Pussy Island.
Aside from her important on-screen and off-screen work, Geena is also a mom to three kids with ex-husband Reza Jarrahy.
The Huffington Post previously reported that Geena has warned her daughter, Alizeh, about the uphill struggle for women in showbusiness.
She said: “I can’t stop our culture from sending disempowering messages to my daughter, no matter how much I limit her media exposure.
“But I can tell her that it’s wrong. I can teach her that it’s unfair and needs to change.”