WIF Awards stir up emotions

Nancy Meyers honored with Dorothy Arzner honor

It’s not every awards gala that can make Renee Zellweger cry, Steven Spielberg blush and Harvey Weinstein admit his nickname is “Dork Pants,” but that is exactly what happened at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday.

Director Nancy Meyers was honored with the Dorothy Arzner Award and got the biggest laugh of the night during her acceptance speech. Discussing why women make great directors, she said, “It takes organization, patience, instinct, is there anything you know of called male intuition?” She added, “I don’t even know how men do this job,” as the camera panned to Spielberg whose smiling crimson face was displayed on the large monitors.

Weinstein presented the Crystal Award to Zellweger, commenting on their constant emailing in which he said the thesp often referred to him as “Dork Pants.”

The soft-spoken Zellweger appeared truly touched as she accepted her award. “I didn’t expect this to be such an emotional experience,” she said. “Now my fake eyelashes are going to fall off.”

The night came to a close as Spielberg presented producer Kathleen Kennedy with the Paltrow Mentorship Award in honor of the late Bruce Paltrow.

At the podium, Kennedy reflected on being Spielberg’s former assistant and getting her first big break in the MGM commissary. “Steven came running in and said, ‘This is the best first draft I have ever read. Why don’t you produce it?’ ” she said. “That was my life-changing moment. That film was ‘ET.'”

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