2016 Crystal + Lucy Awards

The 2016 Crystal + Lucy Awards is a gala fundraising dinner… in support of #WomenInFilm, Los Angeles and its many educational and philanthropic programs.This year’s theme DESIGNING CHANGE  highlights the organizations imitatives… and programs that will continue to increase opportunities for women on and off screen…until sustainable gender parity is achieved.

The Crystal + Lucy Awards is a very popular event in LA. Star studded arrivals on the red carpet featured many past… and current winners of the awards… plus a host of celebrities, studio executives, and other noted professionals in the entertainment industry.

Cate Blanchett
was an award presenter. She was extremely proud to present The Sue Meger’s Award to her agent  Hylda Queally… (CAA) of nearly 20 years.

Hylda Queally (CAA),  is a well respected talent agent in the Hollywood film industry. 

She is an agent for TOP actors… from all over the world! They include: Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Lupita Nyong’o, Michelle Williams, Noomi Rapace, Jessica Chastain and Daisy Ridley. 

 The Irish-American agent…has consistently been ranked by numerous publications as one of the most powerful women in Hollywood.

Cate Blanchett looked stunning in her black cocktail attire!

Cate Blanchett has received international acclaim and NUMEROUS awards. They include: Two Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and three British Academy Awards. 
Blanchett came to international attention for her role as Elizabeth I of England in Shekhar Kapur’s 1998 film Elizabeth, for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress, the Golden Globe Award, and earned her first Academy Award for Best Actress nomination. 

Her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s 2004 film The Aviator brought her critical acclaim and many accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, making her the only actor to win an Oscar for portraying another Oscar-winning actor. In 2013, she starred as Jasmine Francis in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, for which she won numerous accolades including the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Blanchett is one of only six actors, and the only actress, to receive Academy Award nominations for portraying the same role in two films, as well as the only Australian to win two acting Oscars. A seven-time Oscar nominee, she has also received nominations for Notes on a Scandal (2006), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), I’m Not There (2007) and Carol (2015). Her other notable films include The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–03) and The Hobbit trilogy (2012–14), Babel (2006), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), and Cinderella (2015), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button  (2008). 
Another STAR nominated for an Academy Award for the curious case of Benjamin Button… was Taraji P. Henson… this years recipient of the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television. With more than 20 years of acting experience to her credit, Taraji received the 2016 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series for her star turn as Cookie Lyon in the groundbreaking and award winning hit series Empire. 

Henson also won a Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama series for this role. She was also nominated for an Oscar for her role in The curious case of Benjamin Buttons. She’s also starred in several films including her break out hit Baby Boy. Just a few of her other well known credits include Hustle & Flow

Henson, who has just returned to the states from a life changing journey to Africa..is looking forward to the release of her latest project Hidden Figures, set to open January 13, 2017. 

This film is based on the life of Katherine Johnson, a black NASA aerospace technologist… whose calculations were essential in John Glenn’s 1962 earth orbit. 

Taraji will be starring in this movie along with Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Henson was very excited to receive the Lucy Award… named in honor of Comedian Lucille Ball. Henson says women really need to stick together, and support each other. She also declared that women should always receive pay equal to men’s salaries…Taraji has this to say to all the #ladies:  “If we don’t support each other, who will? We have a bad rap sometimes in this industry – diva, difficult, catty. When all we’re doing is, in those moments when you call us being difficult, we’re fighting for what we deserve. If I do a job just as well as a man, people tune in every week, they see me, they root for me just like they root for him. Why should my pay be less than his?” Taraji never minces her words… speaking in true #DivaStyle!

Natalie Dormer, The Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award Honoree. 

Dormer has clearly established herself as one of the fastest rising leading ladies in Hollywood!

Natalie currently stars as “Margaery Tyrell” the would be queen on HBO’s award winning “Game of Thrones” now in its sixth season. Recently, Dormer led the BBC’s highly successful movie The Scandalous Lady. Some of Natalie’s other credits include: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 & 2, The Riot Club, The Tudors and Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger.

Here’s the complete list of  2016 CRYSTAL + LUCY HONOREES


TARAJI P. HENSON, The Lucy Award for Excellence in Television

LESLI LINKA GLATTER, The BMW Dorothy Arzner Directors Award
NATALIE DORMER, The Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award
HYLDA QUEALLY, The Sue Mengers Award

Keegan-Michael Key 


A HOST of famous male celebrities also turned up to support the celebration for women.  One of those well known faces…. with a stand out personality: 

Keegan-Michael Key, Star ⭐️ of (Key& Peele)Key -Also- portrays President Obama’s Anger Translator  “Luther” — in skits made popular on the Key& Peele sketch comedy show, on Comedy Central.

Frances Fisher

Greer Grammer  Emma’s Chance, MTV’s Awkward.

Gabrielle Carteris, President SAG-AFTRA

Brenda Wool  UnReal, AWOL

More Highlights from the star studded evening….

Women in Film president, Academy Award winning producer, Cathy Schulman says: “Gender parity in Hollywood is important because what we see on the screen affects what decisions people make,” Schulman said. “We are the keeper of the stories…if we don’t include women we are not being fair.”

Claire Danes presented the #BMW Dorothy Arzner Award Directors award to Lesli Linka Glatter

Claire Danes first came to prominence with her role as Angela Chase in the 1994 series My So-Called Life.  The role won her the first of four Golden Globe Awards. She made her film debut the same year in Little Women (1994). Some of  her other well known films include Romeo + Juliet (1996), The Rainmaker (1997), Les Misérables (1998), Brokedown Palace (1999), Igby Goes Down (2002), The Hours (2002), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Shopgirl (2005) and Stardust (2007).

From 1998 to 2000, Danes attended Yale University before dropping out to return to acting. She appeared in an Off-Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues in 2000, and made her Broadway debut playing Eliza Doolittle in the 2007 revival of Pygmalion. In 2010, she portrayed Temple Grandin in the HBO TV film Temple Grandin, which won her a  second Golden Globe award… and the first of 3 Emmys.

Since 2011, she has starred as Carrie Mathison in the Showtime series Homeland, for which she has won two Emmys…and two Golden Globes. She has also won two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

In 2015, Danes was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“Homeland” season 6 isn’t due back until January 2017, so fans are wondering what’s in store for Carrie (Claire Danes)

Let’s Go to the Movies! 📽

Get ready! The second part of the HIT Blockbuster… #Indepedence day is coming… The first film…was produced for 75 million, and earned more than $800 million at the global box office. It made Will Smith, then 28 years old… a worldwide summer brand.

 Will Smith was on a roll releasing major Block Busters… every July… for a number of years straight.. He simply referred to it as BIG WILLIE WEEKEND! 

In the 1996 movie… the climax of the film comes when Bill Pullman’s character…President Thomas J. Whitmore declares, “We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist.”  He sends a squadron of pilots (and a drunken one played by Randy Quaid) to do battle with murderous alien invaders who have destroyed most of the planet.

Soooo… a highly advertised headline… representing the NEW movie on posters… and billboards  declares:  “THIS TIME THEY MESSED WITH THE WRONG PLANET.”

20 years later… this sequel reportedly cost $200 million to make… and is expected to dominate the summer box office.

“Independence Day” veteran Bill Pullman is returning as President Thomas J. Whitmore…. 20 years later wearing a beard.

Pullman has 87 credits dating back to the 1986 TV show “Cagney and Lacey.” Some of his other credits include “Spaceballs,” horror movies like “The Grudge” and dramas like “Wyatt Earp.”

Veteran Stars Vivica Fox…

 and Jeff Goldblum…are returning to film… 

along with the star powered addition of Liam Hemsworth. 

Unfortunately Will Smith is not apart of the 2016 film release..but his character’s absence is explained in the new film, and his son…played by Jessie T. Usher… has taken over the family business of flying through space.

🔹🔹So what’s different in this NEW version??? 🔹🔹
According to newly released details… INDEPENDENCE DAY RESURGENCE… is in 3-D and IMAX 3-D. The ships are bigger… aliens scarier..and technology more advanced… The OLD characters returning… have gone through significant changes–(quite naturally)..over 20 years.. While NEW faces bring exciting new energy.

Stars of the latest film #IndependenceDayResurgence… Bill Pulman… and  newcomer Jessie T. Usher were on hand to discuss the film…during an outdoor screening of the sequel in #Downtown #LosAngeles…during the #LAFilmFestival


INDEPENDENCE DAY RESURGENCE opens June 24th… just in time for a huge turn out in theaters 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND!!! 🇱🇷


The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, June 26, are below.

   1. Independence Day: Resurgence – 20th Century Fox – $143.7M

   2. Finding Dory – Disney – $110.2M

   3. Now You See Me 2 – Multiple – $56.5M

   4. Conjuring 2, The – Warner Bros. – $28.7M

   5. Central Intelligence – Universal – $23.1M

   6. Me Before You – Warner Bros. – $19.4M

   7. Shallows, The – Sony – $16.7M

   8. Secret Life Of Pets, The – Universal – $15.2M

   9. Warcraft – Multiple – $11.5M

   10. Three – Multiple – $9.6M

   11. Free State Of Jones – Multiple – $7.8M

   12. X-Men: Apocalypse – 20th Century Fox – $6.1M

The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, June 26, are below.

   1. Finding Dory – Disney – $73.2M

   2. Independence Day: Resurgence – 20th Century Fox – $41.6M

   3. Central Intelligence – Warner Bros. – $18.4M

   4. Shallows, The – Sony – $16.7M

   5. Free State Of Jones – STX Entertainment – $7.8M

   6. Conjuring 2, The – Warner Bros. – $7.7M

   7. Now You See Me 2 – Lionsgate – $5.7M

   8. X-Men: Apocalypse – 20th Century Fox – $2.5M

   9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows – Paramount – $2.4M

   10. Alice Through The Looking Glass – Disney – $2.1M

   11. Warcraft – Universal – $2.1M

   12. Me Before You – Warner Bros. – $1.9M

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, June 19, 2016 are listed below.

   1. Finding Dory – Disney – $186.2M

   2. Conjuring 2, The – Warner Bros. – $57.5M

   3. Central Intelligence – Universal – $41.3M

   4. Now You See Me 2 – Multiple – $25.4M

   5. Warcraft – Multiple – $24.2M

   6. X-Men: Apocalypse – 20th Century Fox – $18.0M

   7. Me Before You – Warner Bros. – $17.7M

   8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The – Paramount – $15.7M

   9. Alice Through The Looking Glass – Disney – $11.6M

   10. Angry Birds Movie, The – Sony – $8.0M

   11. Jungle Book, The – Disney – $7.3M

   12. Money Monster – Sony – $3.7M
A variety of Cool Movies for 2016