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WHO:             Honorees Elizabeth Banks*, Tracee Ellis Ross*, Zoey Deutch*, Mira Nair* (dressed in ‘S Max Mara), Dan Rather, Michael Barker & Tom Bernard; Host Jessica Williams*; Presenters Donna Langley, Nicola Maramotti*, Lupita Nyong’o*, Robert Redford, Aisha Tyler, and Jacki Weaver*; WIF LA President Cathy Schulman, WIF LA Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer*, and WIF LA President Emerita and Awards Chair Iris Grossman (dressed in Marina Rinaldi).


Additional attendees included Stephanie Allain (WIF Board Member / Dear White, EP), Justin Baldoni (Jane the Virgin), Lake Bell* dressed in Sportmax (WIF Board Member), Shari Belafonte (General Hospital), Logan Browning (Dear White People), Yvette Nicole Brown (The Mayor), Angelique Cabral (Life in Pieces/Band Aid), Gabrielle Carteris (SAG-AFTRA President), Emayatzy Corinealdi (Hand of God), Madelyn Deutch* (The Year of Spectacular Men), Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones, Author/Screenwriter), Chrissie Fit (Pitch Perfect 3), Kate Flannery (How to Get Girls), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy), Christine Lahti (The Blacklist), Amy Landecker (Transparent, Flip the Script), Kimberly Pierce (Director), Trish Sie (Pitch Perfect 3, Director), Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect 3), Lea Thompson* (The Year of Spectacular Men, Director), Michaela Watkins* (Casual, Flip the Script), and more.


*Dressed in Max Mara


WHAT:           On Tuesday, June 13, Women In Film, Los Angeles (WIF) celebrated outstanding women in the entertainment industry with the 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards® presented by sponsors Max Mara and BMW. The evening, themed “Evolve,” was hosted by actress and comedian Jessica Williams and 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.


Event highlights included:

  • The Crystal Award honoree Elizabeth Banks and Lucy Award honoree Tracee Ellis Ross each received special video messages from former First Ladies.
    • Following Ross’ acceptance speech, she was surprised with a video message from Obama. In the video, Mrs. Obama congratulated Ross and said, “You are brilliant, you are hilarious, and you are one of the most talented actors I know. Your character on Black-ish, Bow, is an inspiration for folks across this country.”
    • Before Elizabeth Banks was presented the Crystal Award by Donna Langley, she was surprised with a video message from Senator Hillary Clinton. In the video, Clinton thanked Women In Film for “more than 40 years of championing gender parity in media on and off the screen.” And shared, “I want to congratulate my dear friend Elizabeth Banks… You are not only a creative force in front of the camera and behind it – you are a passionate advocate for women’s equality and opportunity.”
  • Elizabeth Banks was awarded by Women In Film with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. She was first honored by the organization in 2009 with the WIF Max Mara Face of the Future Award.
  • Lupita Nyong’o presented the BMW Dorothy Arzner Directors Award to her Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair.
  • During Zoey Deutch’s acceptance speech for the WIF Max Mara Face of the Future Award, she thanked the women in her life including her mother Lea Thompson and sister Madelyn Deutch. Thompson recently directed her daughters Zoey and Madelyn in the film The Year of Spectacular Men, which was also written by Madelyn.
  • Robert Redford, who played Dan Rather in the 2015 film Truth, presented Rather with the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award.
  • Women In Film premiered, Flip the Script, a new provocative digital series/social media campaign, which aims to open an irreverently fresh dialog about gender parity in Hollywood.
  • During WIF’s Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer’s remarks, she announced WIF has joined forces with APM Music, the leading creative music house & production music library, to launch the first ever Women In Film Library for female composers. This is part of an overall initiative to increase the number of female composers working in the industry, especially on top-grossing films (currently 1%).
  • For additional highlights, please view the ceremony clips in the EPK.


The 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards was designed and produced by Academy Award-winning producer Cathy Schulman and Tony Schubert of Event Eleven.


AWARDS:      The 2017 Crystal + Lucy Award® honorees are:

  • ELIZABETH BANKS – The Crystal Award for Excellence in Film
        • Presented by DONNA LANGLEY
  • TRACEE ELLIS ROSS – The Lucy Award for Excellence in Television
        • Presented by AISHA TYLER
  • ZOEY DEUTCH – The Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award®
        • Presented by NICOLA MARAMOTTI, Max Mara Ownership and Brand Ambassador
  • MIRA NAIR – The BMW Dorothy Arzner Directors Award®
        • Presented by LUPITA NYONG’O
  • DAN RATHER – The Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award®
        • Presented by ROBERT REDFORD
      • MICHAEL BARKER & TOM BERNARDThe Women In Film Beacon Award
        • Presented by JACKI WEAVER


WHEN:           Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA


MORE:           Women In Film advocates for, and advances the careers of, women working in the screen industries – to achieve parity and transform culture. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on advocacy and education, provides scholarships, grants and film finishing funds and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community. For more information visit www.wif.org.


About the Awards

The Crystal Award was established in 1977 to honor outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry. Past recipients include Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Laura Linney, Viola Davis, Annette Bening, Donna Langley, Jennifer Aniston, Diane English and the cast of The Women, Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Lane, Halle Berry, Laura Ziskin, Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster, Angela Bassett, Meg Ryan, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alfre Woodard, Polly Platt, Lauren Shuler Donner, Diane Warren, Amy Heckerling, Paula Weinstein, Martha Coolidge, Buffy Shutt and Kathy Jones, Gale Anne Hurd, Nancy Malone, Maya Angelou, Lily Tomlin, Ruby Dee, Penny Marshall, Jessica Tandy, Barbara Boyle, Nikki Rocco, Jean Firstenberg, Lee Remick, Lina Wertmuller, Bette Davis, Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Sherry Lansing, Nora Ephron, Dawn Steel, Fay Kanin, Lillian Gish, Whoopi Goldberg, Glenn Close, Amy Pascal, Denise Di Novi, Lucy Fisher, Lianne Halfon, Lynda Obst, Jane Rosenthal, and Paula Wagner.


The Lucy Award was founded in 1994 by Joanna Kerns, Bonny Dore and Loreen Arbus and are presented in association with the Lucille Ball Estate.  They were named for Lucille Ball, who was not only a legendary actress and comedienne, but also a producer, studio owner, creator and director.  They are given to recognize women and men and their creative works that exemplify the extraordinary accomplishments she embodied; whose excellence and innovation have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television. Past recipients include: Taraji P. Henson, Jill Soloway, Kerry Washington, The Women Of Mad Men (Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Jessica Paré, Kiernan Shipka), Bonnie Hammer, Nina Tassler, Courteney Cox, Holly Hunter, Salma Hayek, Shonda Rhimes and the women of Grey’s Anatomy, Geena Davis, Debra Messing and Megan Mullally, Blythe Danner, Lily Tomlin, Rosie O’Donnell, Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daley, Phyllis Diller, Marcy Carsey, Carol Burnett, Barbara Walters, Shari Lewis, Garry Marshall, Angela Lansbury, Marlo Thomas, Gary David Goldberg, Diahann Carroll, Tracey Ullman, Fred Silverman, Imogene Coca, Camryn Manheim, Norman Lear, Bud Yorkin and the casts of Sex and the City, If These Walls Could Talk and If These Walls Could Talk 2.


The Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award®, inaugurated at Women In Film’s 2006 Crystal + Lucy Awards®, is given to an actress who is experiencing a turning point in her career through her work in the film and television industries, through her contributions to the community at large, in recognition of her outstanding achievements, and her embodiment of style and grace. Past recipients include Natalie Dormer, Kate Mara, Rose Byrne, Hailee Steinfeld, Chloë Grace Moretz, Katie Holmes, Zoë Saldana, Elizabeth Banks, Ginnifer Goodwin, Emily Blunt and Maria Bello.


Dorothy Arzner was the first female member of the Directors Guild of America. In her honor, the BMW Dorothy Arzner Directors Award® was established to recognize the important role women directors play in the film and television industries. Past recipients include: Lesli Linka Glatter, Ava DuVernay, Jennifer Lee, Sofia Coppola, Pamela Fryman, Lisa Cholodenko, Catherine Hardwicke, Nancy Meyers, Barbra Streisand, Mimi Leder, Barbara Kopple, Gillian Armstrong, Lian Lunson, Joey Lauren Adams and Nicole Holofcener.


Norma Zarky was a founding member of Women In Film. A renowned entertainment attorney and the first woman President of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, she was a tireless advocate of human rights and women’s issues. The Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award® was established in 1979 and is presented to individuals who, like Ms. Zarky herself, have demonstrated enlightened support for the advancement of equal opportunity and devotion to the improvement of the human condition. Past recipients have included: Eva Longoria, George Lucas, Christina Applegate, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ted Turner, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Quincy Jones and Elizabeth Taylor (posthumously).


The Women In Film Beacon Award is presented to an entertainment industry professional for outstanding leadership in the advancement of gender equity, signaling and celebrating unbiased decision making in media. Tom Bernard and Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classics will be given the inaugural award for their unmatched support of female filmmakers consistently and throughout the entire history of their company. 

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