Women In Film Crystal and Lucy Awards 2012

Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christina Applegate, Ed O’Neill, Diahann Carroll, NBCUniversal’s Bonnie Hammer, Cinematographer Anette Haellmigk and ‘The Fantastic Ms. Foxes” at Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards 2012

 

Quite the impressive crowd gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel June 12 for the Crystal + Lucy Awards, presented by Women In Film. The 850 guests included some of the entertainment industry’s most successful female artists and executives, plus some top-level males as well.

“I peeked into the green room and I counted 17 Academy Award nominations, 3 Emmy nominations and 5 wins,” said host Jenna Elfman, a Golden Globe winner herself, “and it was Meryl Streep sitting there all by herself.”

The legendary Streep came to present the Crystal Award to Viola Davis, and before the evening ended, also spoke about the state of women in films; while Diahann Carroll, a previous Crystal and Lucy Award-winner, presented this year’s Lucy Award to Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios.

On ascending the stage, Hammer – a cable pioneer – talked about her journey through the changing world of entertainment. She called early cable television “the great unknown,” and compared the beginning years to today’s new media landscape.

“We got used to the shifting ground under our feet, getting to a point where it became the new normal,” Hammer said. “That atmosphere was the best preparation I could imagine for today’s ever-changing media landscape where the ground has gone beyond shifting and has actually become virtual.”

Ed O’Neill of “Modern Family,” introduced Christina Applegate, the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award recipient, saying he watched her grow up on “Married With Children,” which ran 11 years.

“He raised me,” Applegate concurred. “So if you think I suck, it’s because of him, and if you think I rock, it’s because of him.” Shifting to more serious talk, Applegate then recounted her bout with breast cancer, fortunately discovered at an early stage, and spoke of Right Action for Women, her charitable foundation devoted to providing cancer screenings for early detection.

Chloe Grace Moretz received the Women in Film Max Mara “Face of the Future Award” from Nicola Miramotti of Max Mara. The 15-year old star of “Hugo,” “Let Me In,” and “Kick-Ass” bubbled with enthusiasm as she spoke of her admiration of Streep, Davis and the audience. By way of concluding, she said, “In high school, we call you all the smart girls – I want to be a smart girl.”

Bill Paxton of “Big Love” presented the Kodak Vision Award to Annette Haellmigk, the show’s lead director of photography; and Tom Rothman, co-chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment, introduced five women recognized for Professional Excellence, calling them “The Fantastic Ms. Foxes.”

They were Emma Watts, president of production for Twentieth Century Fox; Elizabeth Gabler, president of production for Fox 2000 Pictures; Nancy Utley, president of Fox Searchlight Pictures; Claudia Lewis, president of production at Fox Searchlight Pictures; and Vanessa Morrison Murchison president of Animation at Fox Animation.

“They are the fearsome fighting force that has led FOX to more than a decade of industry-leading profits, technical breakthroughs and Academy recognition,” he said, adding, “(FOX co-chair Jim Gianopolus) and I are the very lucky beneficiaries of a powerful burst of estrogen every day.”

The evening culminated in Streep’s turn at the podium, beginning with her praise for Davis’ 15-year theatrical, film and television career. Streep called Davis the favorite actress of renowned playwrights August Wilson and Tony Kushner and talked of Davis’ Tony and Drama Desk Awards.

All this, Streep said, came before the 8 minutes in “Doubt,” that brought Davis “heads-up” notice and her discovery by Hollywood. “She was a ‘newcomer’ at 45,” Streep said.

Streep also took the opportunity to discuss of the “shocking under-representation of women in our business,” and named “five little movies” aimed at women that earned $1.6 billion: “The Help,” “Bridesmaids,” “The Iron Lady,” “Mama Mia,” and “The Devil Wears Prada.”  (Streep starred in the latter three.)

She purposefully stumbled over the word “billion” to emphasize the scope, adding, “I will bet you that their profits were significant because they cost a fraction of what the big tent pole failures cost.” She then gazed out at the audience and asked, “Why? Why? Don’t they want the money?”

In accepting her award, Davis recalled working with Streep on Doubt,” where the set photographer took their picture together and Streep sent Davis a note on completion of filming.

“If it weren’t for my husband, all my awards and pictures would be in a box somewhere,” Davis said. 

“OK Meryl,” she then confessed to Streep, “I framed the card.”

Women in Film’s president Cathy Schulman also addressed the group, which included among others Lake Bell, Stana Katic, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Marcia Gay Harden, Cobie Smulders, Poppy Montgomery, Julie Benz, Cote de Pablo, Holly Robinson Peete, Kate Flannery, Nia Vardalos, Jamie Chung, Danica McKellar, Daniela Bobadilla, Valorie Curry, Laura San Giacomo, Sharon Lawrence, Mary McDonnell, Byrdie Bell, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gabrielle Carteris, Cloris Leachman, Donna Langley, Stacey Snider, Jim Gianopolus and many more actors, executives and other VIPs.

Gala proceeds went to Women In Film, which operates many educational and philanthropic programs. Major sponsors included Max Mara, Swarovski and Kodak.

 

Top Photo: Meryl Streep, left, presented the Crystal Award to Viola Davis at the Women In Film Crystal and Lucy Awards 2012 (photo: Jason Merritt/ WireImage, courtesy of Women In Film)

Second Photo: Max Mara Face of the Future Chloe Moretz, left, with Women In Film president Cathy Schulman at the Women In Film Crystal and Lucy Awards 2012 (photo: Michael Buckner/ WireImage, courtesy of Women In Film)

Third Photo: Ed O’Neill presented the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award to Christina Applegate at the Women In Film Crystal and Lucy Awards 2012 – the two spent 11 years together in “Married With Children”  (photo: Michael Buckner/ WireImage, courtesy of Women In Film)

Fourth Photo: “The Fantastic Ms. Foxes,” from left: Emma Watts, Vanessa Morrison Murchison, Claudia Lewis, Nancy Utley and Elizabeth Gabler, honored for Professional Excellence at the Women in Film Crystal and Lucy Awards 2012 (photo: Jason Merritt/ WireImage, courtesy of Women In Film)

Fifth Photo: Jenna Elfman, the night’s host at the Women in Film Crystal and Lucy Awards 2012 (photo: Jason Merritt/ WireImage, courtesy of Women In Film)

Sixth Photo: Bonnie Hammer, left, recipient of the Lucy Award, with Women In Film president Cathy Schulman at the Women in Film Crystal and Lucy Awards 2012 (photo: Michael Buckner/ WireImage, courtesy of Women In Film)

 

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Women In Film Crystal and Lucy Awards 2012

Published June 13; updated June 14, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA