A prize night of pride, power

Women in Film hands out its Crys­tal + Lucy Awards to much fanfare and plenty of in­spir­ing words.

Los Angeles Times - - IMAGE - BOOTH MOORE FASH­ION CRITIC booth.moore@latimes.com

There was girl-on-girl mak­ing out, jok­ing about syn­chro­nized men­strual cy­cles, and a whole lot of talk about shoes. The Women in Film Crys­tal + Lucy Awards held Tues­daynight in Los An­ge­les was a rowdy af­fair.

With a theme of “Ac­tion!” the an­nual event where Hol­ly­wood gath­ers to celebrate the achieve­ments of women in en­ter­tain­ment was a fem­i­nist ral­ly­ing cry from start to fin­ish, with awards pre­sen­ters and win­ners in­clud­ing Ni­cole Kid­man, Naomi Watts, Kris­ten Stewart, Kate Mara, “Trans­par­ent” cre­ator Jill Soloway, “Selma” di­rec­tor Ava DuVer­nay and oth­ers tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to share ad­vice and in­spire.

“It’s a very good year for iden­ti­fy­ing as a woman,” host Maria Bello dead­panned, warm­ing up the crowd, and point­ing out that the evening was about women who “with­out is­su­ing pol­icy state­ments have shown us the­way.”

“It’s about turn­ing this mo­ment into mo­men­tum,” said Cathy Schulman, pres­i­dent of Women In Film, while high­light­ing a few of the re­cent hit TV shows and films fea­tur­ing strong fe­male roles (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) or di­rected by women (“Selma,” “The Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt”). A non profit founded in1973, Wom­enin Film is ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing equal op­por­tu­ni­ties for women in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

Kid­man took home the evening’s top honor, the Crys­tal Award. Dressed in an elec­tric look­ing se­quin Nina Ricci ensem­ble, she spoke pas­sion­ately about be­ing a 5-foot-11 teen drama geek, too shy to take an act­ing role of­fered her at age 14 by di­rec­tor Jane Cam­pion be­cause it­would have re­quired her towear a shower cap on stage and kiss an­oth­er­woman.

“It’s hard to take on the world when you are afraid of your own power,” Kid­man said, shar­ing that her bat­tle with the voice in­side that tells her she has to be ac­cept­able goes onto this day. Then she pu­ton a shower cap and kissed her pal Naomi Watts smack on the lips. “Jane, if you’re out there, I’m ready to don this cap and kiss any girl in the room!”

Tak­ing the stage to present the Tif­fany& Co. Bruce Pal­trow Men­tor­ship Award, San­dra Bul­lock joked, “There is so much power in this room right now that we’re all go­ing to be on the same men­strual cy­cle.” The award went to Sue Kroll, pres­i­dent of world­wide mar­ket­ing and in­ter­na­tional dis­tri­bu­tion for Warner Bros. Pic­tures.

Kris­ten Stewart, dressed in an edgy Proenza Schouler look, made a sur­prise ap­pear­ance with “Twi­light” au­thor Stephenie Meyer to rec­og­nize six as­pir­ing film­mak­ers who made short films inspired by the se­ries. And Laura Lin­ney in­tro­duced the Sue Mengers Award, which went to ICM tal­ent agent Toni Howard, who rep­re­sents Michael Keaton, Michael Caine and Candice Bergen, among oth­ers. “I pity any­one who dis­re­spects her clients,” Lin­ney said.

The evening was spon­sored by BMW, Tif­fany & Co. and Max Mara, pre­sent­ing spon­sor of the Max Mara Face of the Fu­ture Award, given this year to Kate Mara.

“Her last name is pure co­in­ci­dence,” said Max Mara brand am­bas­sador Ni­cola Maramotti, list­ing Mara’s achieve­ments, in­clud­ing the up­com­ing “Fan­tas­tic Four.” “Next time you see her, you will be look­ing at Amer­ica’s su­per­hero.”

Phyli­cia Rashad pre­sented the Dorothy Arzner Di­rec­tors Award to Ava DuVer­nay (“Selma”), who shared with the crowd that the­way she tries to over­come in­vis­i­bil­ity in Hol­ly­wood is through sto­ry­telling.

And Ju­dith Light rec­og­nized writer-di­rec­tor Jill Soloway, who cre­ated the top­i­cal Ama­zon se­ries “Trans­par­ent,” about a trans­gen­der fam­ily pa­tri­arch (played by Jeffrey Tam­bor), long be­fore Cait­lyn Jen­ner came onto the scene.

“Women speak­ing the truth is a rev­o­lu­tion­ary act that will change theworld,” Soloway said.

But not be­fore Light of­fered a toast from the award’s name­sake, Lu­cille Ball. “Some­where in the world, Lucy is rais­ing a glass of Vi­ta­meataveg­amin in her honor.”

Mark Davis Getty Im­ages for Women in Film

NAOMI WATTS, left, and Ni­cole Kid­man af­ter their lip lock.

Mark Davis Getty Im­ages for Women in Film

PHYLI­CIA RASHAD, left, with award win­ner Ava DuVer­nay.

Michael Buck­ner Getty Im­ages for WIF

JILL SOLOWAY (“Trans­par­ent”), left, and Melora Hardin.

Mark Davis Getty Im­ages for WIF

KATE MARA is this year’s MaxMara Face of the Fu­ture.

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