Women in Film fetes femmes at gala

Jacobson gets Crystal; Allen takes director's award

HOLLYWOOD — “Hopefully one day, honoring women in film will be about as necessary as it is to honor men. Can you imagine if there were a show just for men? They would need to rent out Dodger Stadium!”

So quipped Christine Lahti, who emceed and set the wry tone for the annual Women in Film gala Monday, which honored nine luminaries in the film and TV biz with Crystal and Lucy Awards.

Some 1,100 guests, predominantly women, attended the three-hour banquet, which also featured a silent auction.

Among those making surprise appearances was Julie Andrews, who flanked Jamie Lee Curtis in handing out a Crystal award to Disney production chieftain Nina Jacobson.

Debbie Allen, who copped the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award, told the assembled, “I never knew until I got behind the camera that having breasts could be a problem; but with time we are learning to use them a little better!”

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In celebrating its 30th anni and all-time high membership of 2,400 in L.A. alone, Women in Film prexy Iris Grossman put the accent on the record number of women now entering the business and making it up the ladder.

But she added, “The ceiling has exploded, but can the door stay open for women in film who are over 40?” Many in the audience, still in their 20s, will have time to ponder the answer.