Crystal + Lucy Awards Gala 2014
The Women In Film “Crystal + Lucy Awards” Gala honored Cate Blanchett with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film; Kerry Washington with the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television (named for Lucille Ball); Rose Byrne with the “Max Mara Face of the Future” Award; ”Frozen” director Jennifer Lee with the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award; and Eva Longoria with the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award.
Given plenty of time to socialize before dinner began, a few of us stopped off to chat with Cate Blanchett. The “Blue Jasmine” Academy Award-winning actress looked stunning in her layered chiffon Chloe, and comfortable, too, in flat sandals. (Let’s hope this is a long-lasting trend.) She was also so friendly and accommodating that she ducked down to pose with us, making sure we all fit into our picture together.
Recently, Washington and I were seated together at the pre-Oscar Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, where my tape-recorder suddenly and mysteriously malfunctioned. While I was still trying to stifle the sound, she whispered, “Take out the batteries.”
So just like an Olivia Pope, she fixed the problem, by thinking – as we discussed at the June 11 affair – outside the box.
Following a silent auction, guests adjourned to the ballroom for dinner and the program, which began with Fred Willard on video bemoaning the plight of men in film. According to statistics shown, Willard demonstrated that men are merely the vast majority.
Tracee Ellis Ross, the night’s emcee, then introduced WIF president Cathy Schulman, the group’s president, to welcome the group. Clips and presentations followed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Shonda Rhimes, Lake Bell, Kristen Bell, and Nicola Maramotti, Global Brand Ambassador for Max Mara.
* Cate Blanchett read from a lengthy speech she said she’d written an hour ago. Her point: men’s failures are tolerated; women’s failures can be career-killers.
* Kerry Washington talked of the importance of women stepping up, because in doing so, we create opportunity, inspire others and employ others.
* Eva Longoria spoke of philanthropy and the need to view a situation from another person’s perspective.
* Having co-written and directed “Frozen,” the highest-grossing animated film and the fifth highest-grossing film worldwide, Jennifer Lee said films such as “Frozen” have given her the opportunity to reach the youngest audiences with great images of women.
* Rose Byrne called it “imperative” to have women’s stories told and audiences embraced.
Before the evening ended, Bonnie Spence and Judith Parker Harris were also recognized for their long-term leadership in Women in Film’s PSA Program, which provides public service announcements pro bono for charitable organizations.
Sponsors included Max Mara, Perrier-Jouet and South Coast Plaza.
Top photo: Laura Dern, left, presents the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film to Cate Blanchett at the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Gala 2014 (Photo by Charley Gallay/ Getty Images for Women In Film / MaxMara)
Second photo: “Scandal” writer/producer Shonda Rhimes, left, delivered the introduction to the show’s star Kerry Washington, recipient of the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television, at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Gala 2014 (Photo by Charley Gallay/ Getty Images for Women In Film / MaxMara)
Third photo: From left, honoree Eva Longoria shares a laugh with presenters Lake Bell and Maggie Gyllenhaal at the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Gala 2014 (Photo by Christopher Polk/ Getty Images for Women In Film / MaxMara)
Fourth photo: Ellen Olivier, this website’s author, with Kerry Washington at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Gala 2014
Fifth photo: Max Mara Global Brand Ambassador Nicola Maramotti, left, with Rose Byrne the Max Mara Face of the Future at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Gala 2014 (Photo by Charley Gallay/ Getty Images for Women In Film / MaxMara)
Sixth photo: Tracee Ellis Ross, the night’s emcee, at the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Gala 2014 (Photo by Charley Gallay/ Getty Images for Women In Film / MaxMara)
Seventh photo: Top row, from left, Max Mara’s west coast vice president Stacey Solomita; Audrey McKenzie of Berluti South Coast Plaza; website author Ellen Olivier; internet dating expert Julie Spira; bottom row, from left, Susan Franklin and Cate Blanchett
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Published June 20, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA