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Women in Film Los Angeles presented one of its most-star studded evenings to date as the non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women honored Taraji P. Henson and Natalie Dormer as well as eight of Hollywood’s top female producers on Wednesday evening.
The evening, which was presented by Max Mara and BMW, was hosted by SNL alum Chris Parnell, who kicked off the Crystal + Lucy Awards saying in “one year from now we will be celebrating the first 100 days of the first female president” to a roaring applause from the audience. He then quipped, “or we will be giving the Crystal Award to Melania Trump… or else.”
During her acceptance speech, Taraji P. Henson (The Lucy Award for Excellence in Television Honoree) addressed gender pay gap sharing, “If I do a job just as well as a man, people tune-in every week, they see me, they root for me just like they root for him – why should my pay be less?” Henson also urged women to stand up for each other, calling out “We’re all we got ladies. If we don’t support each other who will?”
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Off-stage Natalie Dormer (The Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award® Honoree) kept her lips sealed not revealing any Game of Thrones spoilers, but promised big things were to come in the season finale.
Cate Blanchett showed support for her agent, Hylda Queally, presenting her with The Sue Mengers Award, and were inseparable on the carpet as they completed interviews together.
Claire Danes presented The BMW Dorothy Arzner Directors Award to her Homeland director, Lesli Linka Glatter, and on-stage told the audience how she’s wearing Glatter’s lipstick after leaving hers at home and was happy to be “coated in [her] lipstick love.”
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Kate Beckinsale closed the program presenting the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. For the first time in Crystal + Lucy Awards history, eight outstanding female producers – Denise Di Novi, Lauren Shuler Donner, Lucy Fisher, Lianne Halfon, Lynda Obst, Jane Rosenthal, Paula Wagner & Paula Weinstein – were honored together with The Crystal Award; honorees Paula Wagner and Paula Weinstein were unable to attend and had family and friends graciously accept on their behalf.
Additional attendees at The Beverly Hilton-held event included Rosanna Arquette (in Max Mara), Paris Barclay, Lake Bell, Maria Bello (in Max Mara), Gabrielle Carteris, Blythe Danner (in Max Mara), Frances Fisher, Greer Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Catherine Hardwicke, Sharon Lawrence, Kimberly Peirce, Stephanie Allain, Cynthia Addai-Robinson (in Max Mara), Diane Warren, Breeda Wool and more.
The Crystal + Lucy Awards raised funds and awareness for Women In Film, LA and its many educational and philanthropic programs, and its advocacy for gender parity for women throughout the industry.