Women in Film’s annual awards gala got off to a late start when honoree Lauren Shuler Donner inadvertently swatted her prize off the dais while thanking sponsor Max Mara for providing her dress.
Perhaps her cracked Crystal Award is symbolic of the now smashed glass ceiling.
As Kodak Vision Award recipient Maryse Alberti emphasized in her taped speech (she’s on location with Michael Apted), when asked what it’s like to be “a woman cinematographer,” she says matter-of-factly, “Well, it’s great. It’s great to be a woman, and it’s great to be a cinematographer.”
But Lucy Award honoree Geena Davis reminded the audience that challenges remain for actresses of a certain age. “After driving off a cliff,” referring to her “Thelma & Louise” role, she said, “I also fell off a cliff by turning 40. I was so sure the problem would be fixed when I got there.”
Crystal honoree Jennifer Lopez thanked those femme producers along the way, such as Nancy de los Santos and Gale Anne Hurd. And Max Mara Award recipient Maria Bello reveled in her womanhood, regaling the crowd with intimate tales of her son’s birth. Diane Warren also was feted with a Crystal nod.