Crystals fete femme filmmakers

Davis, Streep lament lack of quality roles for women

HOLLYWOOD — The way Meryl Streep sees it, the Women in Film awards bash gives industry femmes a yearly opportunity to “bitch and rail and shake our puny fists.”

Streep, who was at Friday’s event at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, Calif., to receive a Crystal Award from the group, lamented — only partly tongue-in-cheek — that there are so few good parts “for elderly women like me.”

Turning to Jack Nicholson, who was there to present an award to Columbia TriStar vice chair Lucy Fisher, she said, “Jack hates it when I whine, but somebody has to.” Streep was particularly upset that the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 best movies included just a handful with women as leading protagonists, notably Bette Davis, Julie Andrews and Snow White.

“Who voted for this — any of you women?” Streep demanded to know. “President Clinton got to vote, and he’s not a woman, unless there’s something else we don’t know about him.”

Geena Davis, who acted as emcee, opened the event by commenting that there are “only so many bimbos, waitresses, girlfriends and hookers” an actress can play.

Jim Cameron, presenting an award to his ex-wife, “Armageddon” producer Gale Anne Hurd, called her “one of the smartest, most hard-working producers, male or female, in Hollywood today.”

Then, after detailing the highlights of Hurd’s career, Cameron said, “She also has one of the most impressive collections of Italian shoes in the business.”