Inside the 2015 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards

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Naomi Watts (L) and honoree Nicole Kidman
Naomi Watts (L) and honoree Nicole Kidman

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Women in Film

Nicole Kidman made up for a longtime regret on Tuesday night at the 2015 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. 

The Australian star—who was honored with the evening’s “Crystal” award for excellence in film—spoke about how insecurities at the age of 14 prevented her from taking a role in a short film directed by The Piano’s Jane Campion—a role which would have required she wear a shower cap and kiss a girl.

 Laura Linney (L) and honoree Toni Howard
Laura Linney (L) and honoree Toni Howard

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Women in Film

She did both at the Women in Film, Los Angeles event—presented by BMW—when she and best friend Naomi Watts donned shower caps and kissed onstage.

Kidman’s moving speech and surprising act was just one of the highlights of the 2015 ceremony, held at the tony Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

There was the moment that Sandra Bullock joked on-stage before presenting Sue Kroll with the Tiffany & Co. / Bruce Paltrow Mentorship Award, “There’s so much power in this room, I believe we will all be on the same menstrual cycle once we leave the room.”

Phylicia Rashad (L) and honoree Ava DuVernay
Phylicia Rashad (L) and honoree Ava DuVernay

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Women in Film

There was also that moment where all the secret Twilight fans in the room geeked out when Kristen Stewart and Stephenie Meyer took part in a special presentation during the program recognizing eight aspiring filmmakers who were part of the “The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga” project and awarded them with plaques on behalf of Women In Film. The project presented by Lionsgate, Facebook, WIF, Tongal, and Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is a social media campaign to develop and produce a series of short films, by aspiring female filmmakers, based on the broad spectrum of characters from the Twilight universe. The winning short films will debut on Facebook mid-July.

It was also announced during the event that Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Women In Film (WIF) Los Angeles have joined forces for a multi-year partnership dedicated to raising awareness about the lack of gender equality in the industry and celebrating the achievements of women in film.

Attendees at the glam event included host Maria Bello, Sandra Bullock, Judith Light, Laura Linney, Angie Harmon, Amy Landecker, Arielle Kebbel, Ayako Fujitani, Carrie Brownstein, Constance Zimmer, Daniela Bobadilla, Elisabeth Rohm, Emma Bell, Kate Flannery, Kelli Garner, Lake Bell,  Melora Hardin, Nicola Maramotti, Mena Suvari, Michelle Trachtenberg, Regina King, Stephenie Meyer, Teresa Palmer, Tessa Thompson and Yael Stone, among others.

Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Women in Film

Award winners included: 

Nicole Kidman: The Crystal Award for Excellence in Film presented by Naomi Watts

Jill Soloway: The Lucy Award for Excellence in Television presented by Judith Light

Ava DuVernay: The BMW Dorothy Arzner Directors Award® presented by Phylicia Rashad

Kate Mara: The 2015 Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future® by Nicola Maramotti, Global Brand Ambassador for MaxMara

Sue Kroll: The Tiffany & Co. / Bruce Paltrow Mentorship Award® presented by Sandra Bullock

Toni Howard: The Sue Mengers Award presented by Laura Linney

Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart

Photo Credit: Mark Davis/Getty Images for Women in Film

 

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