For Immediate Release - May 12, 2010
WOMEN IN FILM, LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES THE 2010 CRYSTAL + LUCY AWARDS® HONOREES:
DONNA LANGLEY, COURTENEY COX, ZOЁ SALDANA, LISA CHOLODENKO AND CYNTHIA PUSHECK
The Annual Benefit Gala will take place Tuesday, June 1 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel
Los Angeles, CA…Since 1977, Women In Film, Los Angeles (WIF, LA) has honored some of the most creative, dynamic and socially responsible individuals in the entertainment industry, those who lead by example. This year’s Crystal + Lucy Awards®, a gala fundraising dinner in support of WIF, LA and its many educational and philanthropic programs, is being held on Tuesday, June 1 in the Los Angeles Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
Today, WIF, LA President, Jane Fleming, proudly announced the 2010 honorees:
2010 Crystal Award for Excellence in Film – DONNA LANGLEY
2010 Lucy Award for Excellence in Television – COURTENEY COX
MaxMara “Face of the Future®” 2010 – ZOЁ SALDANA
2010 Dorothy Arzner Directors Award– LISA CHOLODENKO
2010 Kodak Vision Award – CYNTHIA PUSHECK
Fleming says, “Women In Film is thrilled to be honoring this remarkable group of talented women. At the dawn of a new decade, it is heartening to acknowledge careers marked by independent vision, daring creative choices and unique talent.”
Iris Grossman, President Emeritus, WIF, LA returns this year as Chair of the Crystal + Lucy Awards®. Event Eleven will produce the evening. MaxMara and Kodak return as contributing sponsors.
About the Honorees
Donna Langley / Crystal Award
As Co-Chairman of Universal Pictures, Donna Langley works alongside Chairman Adam Fogelson on all aspects of Universal’s business and production strategies. She oversees feature film production for Universal and is also responsible for films from Focus Features and Working Title. Prior to being named Co-Chairman of the studio in October 2009, Langley was Universal’s President of Production.
During this time, Langley served as a driving force behind the slate of films that led to the studio’s two most profitable and successful years at the global box office. Since 2005, she has overseen production for such memorable and acclaimed motion pictures as American Gangster, The Bourne Ultimatum, Knocked Up, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Wanted, Mamma Mia!, Fast & Furious, Couples Retreat and It’s Complicated.
Langley began her illustrious career at New Line Cinema, where she worked on such hits as Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, before joining Universal in 2001 as Senior Vice President of Production.
Courteney Cox / Lucy Award
Courteney Cox became a household name as the neurotic yet loveable Monica Gellar on NBC’s Emmy® Award winning comedy Friends. Cox currently stars in and serves as executive producer of ABC’s hit sitcom Cougar Town, the latest comedy from Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence. Her additional television credits include: Scrubs, Dirt (which she also created and produced), Seinfeld and Family Ties.
On the big screen, Cox’s credits include the feature films: Bedtime Stories, Zoom, Barnyard, The Longest Yard, November, 3000 Miles to Graceland, the Scream trilogy, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Mr. Destiny and Cocoon: The Return. In addition, Cox recently directed her first film, a short entitled The Monday Before Thanksgiving, as part of Glamour Magazine’s “Reel Moments Project.”
In 2003, Cox and husband David Arquette established their own production company: Coquette. Their projects include: Dirt, Mix it Up, the interior design show for cable’s WE (Women’s Entertainment), the comedy Daisy Does America for TBS, and the horror film, The Tripper, written and directed by Arquette.
Zoë Saldana / MaxMara “Face of the Future®”
Star of the unparalleled film phenomenon Avatar, along with last summer’s enormously successful Star Trek, Zoë Saldana has captivated audiences and critics alike with her fresh beauty, intelligence, energy and wit. She’ll next be seen in theaters this April in both Screen Gems’ Death at a Funeral and Warner Bros’ The Losers. Her additional film credits include: Center Stage, Guess Who, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and The Terminal.
Lisa Cholodenko / Dorothy Arzner Directors Award
Lisa Cholodenko received her M.F.A. in screenwriting and directing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Her first feature was the critically acclaimed High Art, starring Ally Sheedy and Radha Mitchell, which brought Cholodenko the coveted Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.
Cholodenko next wrote and directed Laurel Canyon, which earned Independent Spirit Award nominations for stars Frances McDormand and Alessandro Nivola. Her third feature as director was Cavedweller, based on the Dorothy Allison novel and starring Kyra Sedgwick and Aidan Quinn, both of whom earned Independent Spirit Award nominations for their performances.
She has directed episodes of such television programs as Homicide: Life on the Street, Six Feet Under, Hung, and The L Word.
Cholodenko’s highly anticipated new feature is The Kids Are All Right, which she directed from an original screenplay that she co-wrote. Focus Features will release the movie, starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson, in select cities beginning Wednesday, July 7th.
Cynthia Pusheck / Kodak Vision Award
Since 2007, Cynthia Pusheck has served as Director of Photography for ABC’s acclaimed drama series, Brothers & Sisters. Pusheck began her cinematography career assisting in the camera departments of such memorable films as Patriot Games and Hook. After graduating from the cinematography program at American Film Institute in 1995, Pusheck went on to shoot the independent features, Three Days of Rain and Loving Annabelle. In television, her camera work on Jerry Bruckheimer’s hit CBS series CSI: Miami led her to become the DP of her own show, CBS’ Close To Home, also from Bruckheimer TV. In both 1999 and 2002, Pusheck was honored by the International Cinematographers Guild in their annual “Emerging Cinematographers Awards” which highlights outstanding work by union members.
About Women In Film and the Awards
Women In Film is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women achieve their highest potential within the global entertainment, communication and media industries and to preserving the legacy of women within those industries. Founded in 1973, Women In Film and its Women In Film Foundation provide for members an extensive network of contacts, educational programs, scholarships, film finishing funds and grants, access to employment opportunities, mentorships and numerous practical services in support of this mission. For more information about Women In Film and programs, visit www.wif.org.
The Crystal Awards were established in 1977 to honor outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry. Past recipients include: Jennifer Aniston, Diane English and the cast of The Women, Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Lane, Halle Berry, Laura Ziskin, Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster, Angela Bassett, Meg Ryan, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alfre Woodard, Polly Platt, Lauren Shuler Donner, Diane Warren, Amy Heckerling, Paula Weinstein, Martha Coolidge, Buffy Shutt and Kathy Jones, Gale Anne Hurd, Nancy Malone, Maya Angelou, Lily Tomlin, Ruby Dee, Penny Marshall, Jessica Tandy, Barbara Boyle, Nikki Rocco, Jean Firstenberg, Lee Remick, Lina Wertmuller, Bette Davis, Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Sherry Lansing, Nora Ephron, Dawn Steel, Fay Kanin, Lillian Gish, Whoopi Goldberg, Glenn Close and Amy Pascal.
The Lucy Awards were founded in 1994 by Joanna Kerns, Bonny Dore and Loreen Arbus and are presented in association with the Lucille Ball Estate. They were named for Lucille Ball, who was not only a legendary actress and comedienne, but also a producer, studio owner, creator and director. They are given to recognize women and men and their creative works that exemplify the extraordinary accomplishments she embodied; whose excellence and innovation have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television. Past recipients include: Holly Hunter, Salma Hayek, Shonda Rhimes and the women of Grey’s Anatomy, Geena Davis, Debra Messing and Megan Mullally, Blythe Danner, Lily Tomlin, Rosie O’Donnell, Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daley, Phyllis Diller, Marcy Carsey, Carol Burnett, Barbara Walters, Shari Lewis, Garry Marshall, Angela Lansbury, Marlo Thomas, Gary David Goldberg, Diahann Carroll, Tracey Ullman, Fred Silverman, Imogene Coca, Camryn Manheim, Norman Lear, Bud Yorkin and the casts of Sex and the City, If These Walls Could Talk and If These Walls Could Talk 2.
The MaxMara “Face of the Future®”Award, inaugurated at Women In Film’s 2006 Crystal + Lucy Awards®, is given to an actress who is experiencing a turning point in her career through her work in the film and television industries and through her contributions to the community at large, in recognition of her outstanding achievements and her embodiment of style and grace. Past recipients have been Elizabeth Banks, Ginnifer Goodwin, Maria Bello and Emily Blunt.
The Dorothy Arzner Directors Award was established to recognize the important role women directors play in the film and television industries. Dorothy Arzner was the first woman member of the Directors Guild of America and a ground-breaking figure in the early Hollywood studio system. Past recipients include: Barbra Streisand, Mimi Leder, Barbara Kopple, Gillian Armstrong, Lian Lunson, Joey Lauren Adams, Nicole Holofcener, Nancy Meyers and Catherine Hardwicke.
The Kodak Vision Award was initiated in 1996 to acknowledge the accomplishments of female cinematographers with outstanding achievements in feature films and television, who also collaborate with and assist women in the entertainment industry. Past honorees include Uta Briesewitz, Maryse Alberti, Tami Reiker, Pauline Heaton, Carolyn Chen, Amy Vincent, Lisa Rinzler, Joan Churchill, Mandy Walker and Petra Korner.
About the Sponsors
MaxMara, the premiere collection of the luxury Italian fashion house, MaxMara, is the epitome of Italian style; a confident and contemporary collection of tailored silhouettes, sumptuous fabrications and couture details applied to ready-to-wear. Known for stylish coats, form-skimming separates, sharp suits and elegant accessories, MaxMara, was founded by the late visionary Achille Maramotti in 1951. The collection is now available in 2254 locations in 90 countries and was the first of 23 collections under the MaxMara umbrella. The company remains privately held and managed by the Maramotti family.
Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging division is the world-class leader in providing film, digital and hybrid motion imaging products, services and technology for the television, feature film, commercial, music video, documentary and exhibition industries.
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