Women In Film Crystal Lucy Awards
As if the annual Women In Film Crystal+Lucy Awards Gala isn’t glamorous enough, this year’s glamour quotient rose yet further, thanks to festivities surrounding the organization’s 40th anniversary.
In addition to the sterling line-up of 2013 honorees, the June 12 affair at the Beverly Hilton also brought together a long list of previous honorees and a star-studded audience to support them all.
(Scroll down this page and check out the gallery below for pictures of honorees, presenters and guests.)
This year’s Crystal Award went to Laura Linney of “The Big C,” “John Adams” and numerous films. In accepting the honor, she talked about, among other things, her initial transition from the stage to the big screen, when the greatest concern of the predominantly male filmmakers seemed to be the color of her hair. Their directives, she said, revolved around “more blonde” or “less blonde,” and hairdressers adjusted her level of blondeness accordingly.
“It is a miracle that I still have a strand left in my head,” she said.
The honorees recognized writer Matthew Weiner, as well as every woman in the Mad Men crew. Happily, the list was long and well-worth the time taken to state so many female names.
And as an extra measure of the show’s popularity, a Mad Men gift basket in the silent auction had guests seriously competing to outbid each other. Aside from DVDs, the basket contained Barbie dolls of Don Draper, Roger Sterling and Joan Holloway.
Also collecting awards were Sofia Coppola, who accepted the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award; Rachel Morrison, receiving the Kodak Vision Award; George Lucas, taking home the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award; and Hailee Steinfeld, named the Max Mara Face of the Future.
Cathy Schulman, Women In Film’s president, started the evening by welcoming the crowd. Jenna Elfman of “Dharma and Greg” then took over as host, introducing the presenters, who included Alan Poul, producer of “The Newsroom” and “Six Feet Under;” and Holly Hunter of “The Piano” and “Top of the Lake.” (Although I hesitate to talk about hair color in light of Linney’s remarks, I have to say that Hunter looked lots better as a redhead than as her white-haired “Lake” character.)
More presenters were Nancy Meyers of “Somethings Gotta Give” and “What Women Want;” Michael B. Jordan of “Chronicle;” Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm; and Nicola Maramotti, Max Mara Global Brand Ambassador.
Joining the celebration, too, were Candace Glover and Angie Miller of “American Idol,” who performed for the crowd.
The glittery audience also included, among others, Jeffrey Katzenberg of DreamWorks Animation, Stana Katic of “Castle,” Holly Robinson Peete of “21 Jump Street,” Francesca Eastwood of “Mrs. Eastwood & Company,” Debra Messing of “Will & Grace,” Amy Brenneman of “Private Practice” and George Kotsiopoulos of “Fashion Police.”
There, too, were actors Diahann Carroll, Rose McGowan, Jordana Spiro, Elisabeth Rohm, Laura San Giacomo, Jen Lilley, Jessica McNamee, Byrdie Bell, Kate Flannery, Tao Okamoto, director Garry Marshall, producers Gale Anne Hurd and Frank Marshall, songwriter Diane Warren and Decades owner Cameron Silver. Iris Grossman of Paradigm served as gala chair.
Top Photo: Laura Linney lamented the importance ascribed to her hair color in her acceptance speech at the Women In Film Crystal Lucy Awards (Photo by Kevin Winter/ Getty Images for Women In Film)
Second photo: From left, Elisabeth Moss, January Jones, Jessica Pare and Kiernan Shipka of “Mad Men” accept their awards at the Women In Film Crystal Lucy Awards (Photo by Mark Davis/ Getty Images for Women In Film)
Third photo: Director/producer George Lucas received a well-deserved Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award, presented to him by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at the Women In Film Crystal Lucy Awards (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Women In Film)
Fourth photo: From Women In Film, from left, president emeritus Jane Fleming, gala chair Iris Grossman, executive director Gayle Nachlis and president Cathy Schulman at the Women In Film Crystal Lucy Awards (Photo by Mark Davis/ Getty Images for Women In Film)
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Published June 18, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA