Women In Film
is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal
opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and
expanding and enhancing
portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Given that women
comprise fifty percent of the population, WIF’s ultimate goal is to see
the same gender
parity reflected on and off screen. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on
advocacy and education, provides scholarships, grants and film finishing
works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment
Since 1977, Women In Film, Los Angeles has annually honored outstanding
women in the entertainment industry – women who lead by example, who are
groundbreaking, and who excel at their chosen fields. This year’s
Crystal + Lucy Awards® fundraising dinner, in support of WIF LA’s
philanthropic programs and its advocacy for gender parity for women
throughout the industry, is being held on Tuesday, June 16 in the Los Angeles Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.
The 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards is sponsored by Max Mara, BMW of North America, and Tiffany & Co.
This year’s Crystal + Lucy Award honorees are:
2015 Crystal Award for Excellence in Film – Nicole Kidman
2015 Lucy Award for Excellence in Television – Jill Soloway
2015 Dorothy Arzner Directors Award® – Ava DuVernay
The Women In Film Max Mara “Face of the Future®” 2015 – Kate Mara
Presented by Nicola Maramotti Global Brand Ambassador for Max Mara
2015 Tiffany & Co. / Bruce Paltrow Mentorship Award – Sue Kroll
- 2015 Sue Mengers Award – Toni Howard
, President of Women In Film, Los Angeles, said in making the announcement, “We are proud to celebrate an extraordinary line-up of
honorees this year. Each one of these women has made extraordinary contributions to the media art, and as a group they have forged sustainable careers that
are emblematic of the positive and long overdue change that is taking root for women in Hollywood.”
Iris Grossman, President Emerita of Women In Film, Los Angeles, returning this year as Chair of the Awards, said “This year’s honorees are all women who have helped change the face of the business. Through their
insight, determination, resilience and talent, they add substance and depth to their creative endeavors and to the entertainment industry as a whole.”
About the Honorees
Nicole Kidman / Crystal Award for Excellence in Film
The Crystal Awards
were 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 Cate
Blanchett, Laura Linney, Viola Davis, Annette Bening, Donna Langley,
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
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,
Diane Keaton, Sherry Lansing, Nora Ephron, Dawn Steel, Fay Kanin,
Lillian Gish, Whoopi Goldberg, Glenn Close and Amy Pascal.
Academy Award winning actress Nicole Kidman is internationally-recognized for her range and versatility.
In 2002, Kidman was honored with her first Oscar nomination for her performance in the innovative musical, “Moulin Rouge!” For that role, and her
performance in the psychological thriller “The Others,” she received dual 2002 Golden Globe nominations,
winning for Best Actress in a Musical. In 2003, Kidman won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Berlin Silver Bear for her portrayal
of Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry’s “The Hours.” In 2010 Kidman starred in “Rabbit Hole,” for which she received Academy Award, Golden
Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Actress. The film was developed by Kidman’s production company, Blossom Films.
In October 2012 Kidman starred in Lee Daniel’s “The Paperboy.” Her performance earned her an AACTA, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nomination.
Upcoming films include “Strangerland,” “The Family Fang” and “Genius.” Kidman is currently in production on “The Secret in Their Eyes.” Next up, she will being shooting The Weinstein Company’s “Lion.”
In January of 2006, Kidman was awarded Australia’s highest honor, the Companion in the Order of Australia. She was also named, and continues to serve, as
Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund for Women, UN Women, whose goals are to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality, to raise
awareness of the infringement on women’s human rights around the world and to end violence against women. Along with her husband, Keith Urban, she has
helped raise millions over the years for the Women’s Cancer Program which is a world-renowned center for research into the causes, treatment, prevention,
and eventual cure of women’s cancer.
Jill Soloway / Lucy Award for Excellence in Television
The Lucy Awards
were founded in 1994 by Joanna Kerns, Bonny Dore and Loreen Arbus
and are presented in association with the Lucille Ball Estate. They were
Lucille Ball, who was not only a legendary actress and comedienne,
but also a producer, studio owner, creator and director. They are given
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: Kerry Washington, The Women Of “Mad Men” (Christina
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
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.”
is the creator of Amazon Studios’ Golden Globe-winning, “Transparent,” a dark, deep, silly family series about boundaries, love and secrets.
Soloway won the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival for her first feature, “Afternoon Delight.” She recently founded
WifeyTv, an internet brand producing and curating content to ignite the feminist revolution. Soloway is a three-time Emmy nominee for her work writing and
producing “Six Feet Under.”
She co-created the theater experiences, “Real Live Brady Bunch,” “Miss Vagina Pageant,” “Hollywood Hellhouse” and “Sit N Spin,” and co-founded
the community organization East Side Jews. Soloway lives with her family in Silver Lake.
Ava DuVernay / Dorothy Arzner Directors Award
was the first female member of the Directors Guild of America. In her honor, the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award®
was established to
recognize the important role women directors play in the film and
television industries. Past recipients include: Jennifer Lee, Sofia
Fryman, Lisa Cholodenko, Catherine Hardwicke, Nancy Meyers, Barbra
Streisand, Mimi Leder, Barbara Kopple, Gillian Armstrong, Lian Lunson,
Joey Lauren Adams
and Nicole Holofcener.
Nominated for two Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, five Critics Choice awards, eight NAACP Image Awards and five Independent Spirit Awards,
writer/director Ava DuVernay’s most recent film “Selma” chronicles the historic 1965 voting rights campaign led by Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr.
She won the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 for her acclaimed feature “Middle of Nowhere.” Her previous narrative
and documentary work includes the feature film “I Will Follow” and the documentaries Venus Vs.,” “My Mic Sounds Nice” and “This is The Life.”
In 2010, DuVernay founded the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM), a grassroots collective that distributes work from filmmakers of
color. Prior to her directorial career, she worked as a film marketer and publicist for more than 14 years through her company, The DuVernay Agency.
Kate Mara / The Women In Film Max Mara “Face of the Future” Award
The Women In Film Max Mara “Face of the Future” Award® was inaugurated
at Women In Film’s 2006 Crystal + Lucy Awards®. As the 13th year as
presenting sponsor and longstanding Women In Film partner, Max Mara
identifies an actress who is experiencing a turning point in her career
work in the film and television industries with focus on her
contributions to the community at large and recognizes her outstanding
and embodiment of style and grace. Past recipients include: Rose
Byrne, Hailee Steinfeld, Chloë Grace Moretz, Katie Holmes, Zoë Saldana,
Ginnifer Goodwin, Emily Blunt and Maria Bello.
made her feature film debut in “Random Hearts” for director Sydney Pollack. She then co-starred in Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain” in which she
portrayed Heath Ledger’s daughter. She also appeared in the Academy Award nominated film “127 Hours” with James Franco for director Danny Boyle and
she co-starred in “Transcendence” alongside Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman, which marked the directorial debut of Academy Award-winning
cinematographer Wally Pfister.
Mara recently completed filming on location in Budapest director Ridley Scott’s outer space action film The Martian alongside Matt Damon and
Jessica Chastain. Last fall, she completed filming the psychological thriller “Man Down” in which she plays the wife of a war veteran, played by
Shia LaBeouf and “Captive” in which she stars with David Oyelowo as a single mother struggling with meth addiction in the adaptation of the
best-selling book An Unlikely Angel. This summer she will film “Morgan” for director Luke Scott, son of Ridley Scott, who will produce.
Audiences will next see her star in “Fantastic Four” alongside Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell.
She received an Emmy Award® nomination for her role in David Fincher’s critically acclaimed television series, “House of Cards” in which she
co-starred alongside Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
Sue Kroll/ Tiffany & Co. / Bruce Paltrow Mentorship Award
Tiffany & Co. / Bruce Paltrow Mentorship Award
was created to honor the late director and great mentor Bruce
Paltrow. This year, WIF Presenting Sponsor Tiffany & Co. has joined
the Paltrow family in
recognizing an entertainment industry professional who has
demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to mentoring and supporting the
next generation of
filmmakers and executives. Past honorees include Kathleen Kennedy
and Sherry Lansing.
is President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures. As marketing chief, she oversees the strategic creation and
implementation of marketing campaigns for the Studio’s global releases and collaborates closely with the Studio’s principals on the strategic development
of its slate of films.
Her leadership of global marketing has propelled the studio’s releases to record-breaking box office and myriad awards. Most recently, the Best Picture
Oscar nominee “American Sniper” became the top-grossing domestic film release of 2014 and has grossed more than $500 million worldwide. Other recent
successes include the “Harry Potter,” “Dark Knight,” and “The Hobbit” film series, as well as such award-winning pictures as “Gravity,” “Argo” and “The Departed.”
Kroll joined Warner Bros. in 1994 and headed International Marketing from 2000 to 2008, when she was named to her current role at the studio. She also
serves on the Board of Directors of Film Independent, the Los Angeles-based non-profit that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival,
and is one of the inaugural members of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program.
Toni Howard / Sue Mengers Award
The Sue Mengers Award
, named for the legendary agent and given for the first time in
2015, will be presented annually to a representative who is, and has
been, instrumental in
guiding careers. Sue Mengers was an icon in the entertainment
industry. She was one of the most influential talent agents of her time,
when women were not
the norm, and she was devoted to her clients.
Toni Howard is a partner at ICM Partners. Toni joined the agency’s talent department in 1991 and quickly became a leader in the division, having served as
its department head for the better part of a decade. She oversees a celebrated and eclectic group of actors who appear in film, television and on stage and
have garnered an astonishing 46 Academy Award® nominations, 148 Emmy® nominations, and 125 Golden Globe® nominations. Among her award-winning clients are
Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Michael Caine, Bobby Cannavale, Edie Falco, Samuel L. Jackson, Topher Grace, Holly Hunter, Michael Keaton, Nathan Lane, Spike
Lee, Laura Linney, Catherine O’Hara, Lily Rabe, Christina Ricci, Tim Robbins, Michael Sheen, Maggie Smith, James Spader, Julia Stiles, and Christopher
Walken. Throughout her career at ICM Partners, Toni has mentored many young agents to incredibly successful careers of their own.
Prior to joining ICM, Toni was an agent at the William Morris Agency for seven years. She began her entertainment industry career as a casting director,
working on such iconic projects as “Tootsie,” “Superman,” “The Right Stuff” and “Something About Amelia.”
Recognized by her distinctive voice, Toni was cast by director Alexander Payne as the voice of agent ‘Evelyn Berman-Silverman’ in the film “Sideways.”