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Crystal + Lucy Awards to honor Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria

Kerry Washington won the NAACP Image Award for Best Actress for her role on ABC's "Scandal".

Women In Film, Los Angeles announced its 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards Honorees today. Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Rose Byrne and Jennifer Lee will each be recognized at the annual benefit gala that honors outstanding women, who through the excellence of their work have helped to enhance the role of women in the entertainment industry.

“The women we are honoring this year represent the best, the brightest and the bravest among us,” said the President of Women In Film, Los Angeles, Cathy Schulman. “We are proud to celebrate their achievements and their contributions.”

This year’s honorees definitely have a lot to celebrate about!

The 2014 Crystal Award for Excellence in Film will be presented to Cate Blanchett. Her portrayal of ‘Jasmine’ in Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE won her Best Actress at the Academy Awards, Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards this year. In 2004, Blanchett won an Academy Award for role of the iconic Katherine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s Howard Hughes biopic THE AVIATOR.

The 2014 Lucy Award for Excellence in Television will be awarded to Kerry Washington. With her current starring role on ABC’s hit show “Scandal”, Washington broke barriers by being the first African-American woman to headline a TV show since 1974. Her portrayal of ‘Olivia Pope’ on “Scandal” has earned Washington Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations. This year, Washington was awarded with the NAACP Image Award for Best Actress. The NAACP also honored Washington with the President’s Award, recognizing special achievement in furthering the cause of civil rights and public service.

The 2014 Women In Film Max Mara “Face of the Future” Award will be presented to Rose Byrne. The actress, who has recently wrapped production on the upcoming Broadway musical remake ANNIE, has established herself as a rising star of the big screen. During this past year, Byrne completed production alongside Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Corey Stoll, in the upcoming Warner Brothers picture, This is Where I Leave You, as well as on Neighbors, opposite Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. From 2007 to 2012, Byrne starred as ‘Ellen Parsons’ on the critically acclaimed FX/DirecTV drama, Damages, with Glenn Close. For this role, she received two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations.

The 2014 Dorothy Arzner Directors Award will be awarded to Jennifer Lee. While finishing work on Disney’s WRECK-IT RALPH, which earned an Oscar nomination for ‘Best Animated Feature’, Lee was tapped to write Disney’s FROZEN, which she also co-directed. FROZEN, has not only become the highest-grossing animated film of all time, earning over a billion dollars at the box office, but it has also received numerous awards including a Golden Globe, a British Academy Film and Television Award, and two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.

And last but not least, The 2014 Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award will be given to Eva Longoria. Actress, director, producer and activist, Longoria is founder of “The Eva Longoria Foundation,” dedicated to helping Latinas build better futures for themselves through education and entrepreneurship; co-founder of “Eva’s Heroes,” which enriches the lives of adolescents with developmental disabilities; and is national spokesperson for “Padres Contra el Cancer,” a nonprofit committed to improving the quality of life for children with cancer. The Golden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild Award-winning, and ALMA Award-winning actress is also involved with MALDEF, the United Farm Workers and the Dolores Huerta Foundation. Named “Philanthropist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter, honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Variety’s annual Power of Women Luncheon, Longoria was selected as commissioner for the National Museum of the American Latino Commission.
Since 1977, Women In Film, Los Angeles has annually honored exemplary women in the entertainment industry – women who lead by example, who are creative, groundbreaking, and who excel at their chosen fields.

Iris Grossman, President Emeritus of Women In Film, Los Angeles, returning this year as Chair of the Awards, said "These five women have distinguished themselves both as artists and as responsible citizens of the world. They inspire us and we in turn are honored to recognize them for all they have given."

The Women In Film, Los Angeles Crystal + Lucy Awards supporting WIF LA’s educational and philanthropic programs and initiatives will be held on June 11 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

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