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Women in Film LA Announces 2011 Crystal + Lucy Awards Honorees, Including Bening and Holmes

Women in Film LA Announces 2011 Crystal + Lucy Awards Honorees, Including Bening and Holmes

Women in Film’s 2011 Crystal + Lucy Awards honorees are listed below. WIF LA honors the industry’s most “creative, dynamic and forceful” women, and will throw a gala fundraiser on June 16 in their honor and in support of WIF LA’s educational and philanthropic programs. Says new WIF LA president, Cathy Shulman: “Each of these women has made a genuine impact.  Collectively, as leaders in every aspect of their lives, professionally and philanthropically, they stand as shining examples to men and women throughout the entertainment industry that achieving everything is possible.”

The honorees are (full release info listed below):

2011 Crystal Award for Excellence in Film – ANNETTE BENING
2011 Lucy Award for Excellence in Television – NINA TASSLER
Women In Film Max Mara “Face of the Future®” 2011 – KATIE HOLMES
2011 Dorothy Arzner Directors Award® – PAMELA FRYMAN
2011 Kodak Vision Award – REED MORANO

About the Honorees

Annette Bening / Crystal Award
Annette Bening’s recent performance in The Kids Are All Right earned her widespread critical praise and “Best Actress” honors, including a Golden Globe and New York Film Critics Circle Award and Oscar, SAG, Critics Choice and Independent Spirit nominations. Bening also received Academy Award nominations for her performances in Being Julia (for which she won a Golden Globe Award), American Beauty and The Grifters.  Her diverse and much lauded film career includes Mother and Child, Running with Scissors, The Women, In Dreams, The Siege, The American President, Sir Ian McKellen’s film adaptation of Richard III, Love Affair, Bugsy, Regarding Henry, Guilty By Suspicion, Valmont and Postcards from the Edge. Her performance opposite Ben Kingsley in HBO’s Mrs. Harris earned her an Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe nomination. 
Bening’s theater credits include Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum, Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles, the title role in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and The Female of the Species at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse and Medea at UCLA. On the New York stage, she received a Tony Award nomination and the prestigious Clarence Derwent Award for most outstanding debut performance of the season for her role in Coastal Disturbances, originally at the Second Stage, then on Broadway.
Bening was honored with the “Actress of the Year” Award at the 2010 Hollywood Film Festival, the American Riviera Award at this year’s Santa Barbara Film Festival and has been honored at the Deauville, Boston, San Sebastian, Palm Springs and Chicago Film Festivals. 
Born in Topeka, and raised in San Diego where she performed at the San Diego Repertory Theater, Bening graduated from San Francisco State University and was accepted by the American Conservatory Theater there for training until she joined that acting company.
Nina Tassler / Lucy Award
Nina Tassler was named President, CBS Entertainment in September of 2004.  She oversees the Network’s entertainment programming for prime time, late night and daytime as well as program development for all genres, including comedy, drama, reality, specials, movies and mini-series.  Under her leadership, this fall, CBS premiered the top two new dramas Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods, and the top new comedy Mike & Molly. Also under her leadership, CBS was again “America’s most watched network” in the 2009-2010 season, marking the seventh time in the past eight seasons that the Network has earned that title. Tassler reports directly to Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation.
Since taking over the entertainment division, she has introduced the critically acclaimed comedies How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory; added the successful dramas Criminal Minds, The Mentalist and last season’s top two new scripted series NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife and ushered in last season’s #1 new program, the reality series Undercover Boss. Previously as Executive VP, Drama Series Development, Tassler developed many of the highest-rated and commercially successful dramas on network television, including the CSI franchise and NCIS.
Tassler joined CBS in August of 1997 as Vice President, Drama, CBS Productions before serving as Senior Vice President, Drama Development, CBS Entertainment from 1998-2003.  Prior to CBS, she headed drama development for Warner Bros. Television, playing a major role in that company’s dominance as the industry’s leading supplier of network programming, including  such shows as ER, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Sisters. Tassler joined Warner Bros. (then Lorimar Television) in 1990 as Director, Movies and Mini-Series, having served as Director of Television and Motion Picture Administration for Triad Artists, Inc.  She also worked at Triad as a talent agent and was responsible for managing the overall operations of the television talent department.
A recipient of the 2005 Imagen Award, Tassler serves on the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation Board is a member of the board of her alma mater Boston University and is Chairman of the Jewish Federation’s entertainment division.
Katie Holmes / Women In Film Max Mara “Face of the Future®”
An actress who has showcased her ability to play a wide spectrum of diversified roles, Katie Holmes has appeared in films ranging from the action blockbuster Batman Begins to acclaimed art house features The Ice Storm (her film debut) and Pieces of April.  She will next be seen in the Guillermo Del Toro-produced thriller, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, opposite Guy Pearce, the Adam Sandler comedy, Jack and Jill and Dito Montiel’s The Son of No One, with Al Pacino, Juliette Binoche and Channing Tatum. This spring, she portrayed Jacqueline Kennedy opposite Greg Kinnear’s JFK in Joel Surnow’s controversial miniseries The Kennedys.
In 2010 Holmes both starred in and served as Executive Producer of The Romantics, an ensemble drama from writer/director Galt Niederhoffer, with Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel, Malin Akerman, Jeremy Strong, Candice Bergen, Adam Brody, Elijah Wood and Dianna Agron.  Her film credits include Wonder Boys, Thank you for Smoking, The Gift, Abandon, Go, Phone Booth, The Singing Detective, First Daughter, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, The Extra Man and Disturbing Behavior.  She made her critically-acclaimed Broadway debut opposite John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest and Patrick Wilson in the 2008 revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.  Holmes starred as ‘Joey Potter’ on the WB’s highest-rated series Dawson’s Creek for its entire six-season run.
Pamela Fryman / Dorothy Arzner Directors Award®
Pamela Fryman, a four time DGA nominee, holds the answer to one of television’s most guarded secrets.  As the director and executive producer of the CBS comedy, How I Met Your Mother, Fryman has intrigued audiences with an array of possibilities that will culminate when the series answers the lingering question:  Who married Ted Mosby?  For six seasons, Fryman has guided a talented cast that includes Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Radnor, Jason Segel and Cobie Smulders, while also executive producing the show with creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.   Now in its sixth season, the show has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards while maintaining an unorthodox multi-camera shooting style that requires a highly demanding production schedule for the unflappable Fryman and a very close-knit team of writers and producers. 
A Philadelphia native, Fryman began her career as a high school intern on The Mike Douglas Show.   When given the chance to work on the show in Los Angeles, she jumped at the opportunity and worked her way into game shows, soap operas and eventually primetime sitcoms.  Her directing resume includes seminal comedies of the past two decades, including Frasier, Friends, King of Queens, Just Shoot Me and Two and a Half Men. 
Reed Morano / Kodak Vision Award
Reed Morano was named one of this year’s “10 Cinematographers to Watch” by Variety.  Her distinguished career as a cinematographer includes narrative features, documentaries, television series, commercials and music videos.  She is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and taught as an adjunct professor in the cinematography department there for two years.
Her feature film, Frozen River, was nominated in 2008 for two Academy Awards, seven Independent Spirit Awards, including “Best Picture,” and won both the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and “Best Feature” at the Gotham Awards. 
Morano’s latest feature as Director of Photography, Free Samples, stars Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Jess Weixler and Tippi Hedren.  She recently wrapped three 35mm features: the Sundance Directors Lab film, Little Birds, written and directed by Elgin James, starring Juno Temple, Kate Bosworth, Leslie Mann and Kyle Gallner, which premiered in competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival; For Ellen, written and directed by So Yong Kim, starring Paul Dano, Jon Heder and Jena Malone; and Yelling to the Sky, written and directed by Victoria Mahoney, starring  Zoe Kravitz, Gabourey Sidibe, Tim Blake Nelson, Jason Clarke and Shareeka Epps.  Yelling to the Sky had its World Premiere at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival and its U.S. Premiere at SWSX.  Morano’s work can also be seen in the feature-length documentary, Off the Grid:  Life on the Mesa, which won among other honors the Michael Moore Award for “Best Documentary Film” at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and a 2007 Gotham Awards nomination.  She is in pre-production for several features shooting in 2011.

About Women In Film and the Awards

Women In Film is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women achieve their highest potential within the global entertainment, communication and media industries and to preserving the legacy of women within those industries.  Founded in 1973, Women In Film and its Women In Film Foundation provide for members an extensive network of contacts, educational programs, scholarships, film finishing funds and grants, access to employment opportunities, mentorships and numerous practical services in support of this mission.  For more information about Women In Film and programs, visit www.wif.org.

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