1:28 PM PDT 5/26/2016 by Gregg Kilday
Taraji P. Henson, Natalie Dormer
This year’s Crystal Award for Excellence in Film will be shared by eight powerhouse women producers.
Empire’s Taraji P. Henson will be honored with the Lucy award for excellence in television at Women in Film’s annual Crystal + Lucy Awards fundraising gala, which will be held June 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Natalie Dormer, who plays Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones, has been selected to receive the Max Mara “Face of the Future” award.
This year the Crystal Award for excellence in film is being given to a powerhouse lineup of women producers that includes Denise Di Novi, Lauren Shuler Donner, Lucy Fisher, Lianne Halfon, Lynda Obst, Jane Rosenthal, Paula Wagner and Paula Weinstein.
Other award recipients at the event will include director Lesli Linka Glatter, who has worked on TV series from Mad Men to Homeland and will be presented with the BMW Dorothy Arzner Directors Award, and CAA agent Hylda Queally, who will be presented with the Sue Mengers Award.
Since 1977, Women in Film Los Angeles has annually honored outstanding women in the entertainment industry. The theme of this year’s awards is Designing Change, highlighting the organization’s year-round commitment to design and promote initiatives and programs to increase opportunities for women on- and offscreen until sustainable gender parity is achieved.
“We are on a mission to change the gender imbalance that is endemic to the entertainment industry; to design a more inclusive business for all women in the film, television and digital creative arenas. The women we honor this year are all catalysts for that change and exemplars in their fields,” WIFLA president Cathy Schulman said in announcing the honorees.
Added Iris Grossman, who is chairing the awards, “We are proud to recognize this year’s honorees not only for their talent, but also for their strength, perseverance and their tireless efforts to change the balance for women in this industry, by example and by deed, whether in front of or behind the camera and in one case literally as an agent for change.”
The 2016 Crystal + Lucy Awards will be presented by sponsors Max Mara and BMW.