Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, the evening honored Cate Blanchett (2014 Crystal Award for Excellence in Film), Kerry Washington (2014 Lucy Award for Excellence in Television), Rose Byrne (2014 Women In FilmMaxMara “Face of the Future”), Jennifer Lee (The 2014 Dorothy Arzner Directors Award), and Eva Longoria (The 2014 Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award)
Guests included: Ann Russo in Max Mara, Annet Mahendru in Max Mara, Arielle Kebbel, Betsy Beers, Dana Melanie, Daniela Bobadilla, Diahann Carroll, Emma Bell, Eloise Mumford, Florence Henderson, Gabrielle Carteris, Joely Fisher, John Lasseter, Jon Tenney, Kate Flannery, Kathleen Robertson, Kiki Sugino in Max Mara, Sharon Lawrence, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and more.
Shonda Rhimes presented Kerry Washington with her award and praised her for being the first African American woman in 40 years to star in a network drama. This was the first public event out as a new mom, Kerry Washington graciously accepted her award as her husband, Nnamdi Asomugha, proudly watched from their table.
During Rose Byrne’s acceptance speech, she thanked Nicola Maramotti of Max Mara for presenting the 2014 Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award to her and said “especially for referring me as ‘refined’. Clearly she has not seen Neighbors!
Laura Dern presented WIF’s The Crystal Award for Excellence in Film to Cate Blanchett and praised her for being exceptional and her commitment to her craft and the generosity in which [she] has shared the exploration of her work with her audience is the ultimate gift worth endless applause.
During Eva Longoria’s acceptance speech, praised each of her fellow honorees including Jennifer Lee (Writer/Directed, Frozen) for “inspiring us to Let It Go.”
PHOTO Credit: Getty Images for Women In Film / MaxMara