Jennifer Aniston, Holly Hunter to be honored

Crystal + Lucy Awards recognize efforts of five women

Jennifer Aniston, Holly Hunter, Elizabeth Banks, Catherine Hardwicke and cinematographer Petra Korner will be honored at the 2009 Crystal + Lucy Awards, set for June 12 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.

Women in Film, Los Angeles presents the annual event, chaired by Iris Grossman, that recognizes the achievements of women in the entertainment industry.

Aniston will be this year's recipient of the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. The Emmy-winning "Friends" actress has moved on to a film career with movies as various as the offbeat romantic comedies "The Break-Up" and "Along Came Polly" and indie efforts like "The Good Girl." Most recently, she has appeared in "Marley & Me" and "He's Just Not That Into You" and next stars in "The Baster" and "Bounty Hunter."

Hunter, who stars in TNT's "Saving Grace," is to receive the 2009 Lucy Award for Excellence in Television. Having appeared in such films as "Blood Simple," "The Piano" and "Broadcast News," Hunter also has collected such TV credits as the HBO film "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom" and NBC's "Roe vs. Wade," winning Emmys for both performances.

The MaxMara Face of the Future Award will go to Banks, who had four films in theaters last year: "W.," "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," "Role Models" and "Meet Dave." She also recently appeared on the big screen in "The Uninvited" while also showing up in a recurring role on ABC's "Scrubs." She is involved in producing several projects, including "The Surrogates" and "Forever 21," through her Brownstone Prods.

Hardwicke, who most recently directed the hit "Twilight," will be recognized with the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award. Her films also include "thirteen," "The Nativity Story" and "Lords of Dogtown." Hardwicke recently signed on to direct the film adaptation of the young-adult novel "If I Stay" for Summit as well as the adaptation of James Patterson's "Maximum Ride" for Columbia.

The Petra Korner/Kodak Vision Award will be presented to Korner, whose cinematography appears in such recent films as "The Wackness" and "The Informers" as well as the upcoming Wes Craven thriller "25/8."

"Women in Film is thrilled to honor these extraordinarily versatile women who truly represent the new paradigm of Hollywood," WIF/LA president Jane Fleming said. "Each of them has succeeded wildly by having the courage to work in all areas of the entertainment industry, transitioning between film and television, comedy and drama, studio and independent projects, both in front of and behind the camera."

The event, for which Deborah Miller and Lucy Webb are serving as co-chairs, will be produced by Caravents.
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