Leading ladies set for Crystal+Lucy Awards

5:00 AM PST 04/17/2008 by Gregg Kilday, AP

Gala marks WIF's 35th edition

Salma Hayek, Ginnifer Goodwin, Sherry Lansing, Diane English and the cast of English's upcoming film "The Women" will be honored at the 2008 Crystal+Lucy Awards, set for June 17 at the Beverly Hilton.

The annual dinner marks the 35th anniversary of Women in Film and supports WIF, Los Angeles (headed by president Jane Fleming) and its educational and philanthropic programs.

Set to receive the Crystal Award for excellence in film is English and the cast of "Women," her remake of the 1939 classic. The creator, writer and exec producer of CBS' "Murphy Brown," English has spent 13 years nurturing a new version of the Clare Boothe Luce play, lining up an all-female cast that includes Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Cloris Leachman, Bette Midler and Candice Bergen. Picturehouse will release "Women" on Oct. 10.

The 2008 Lucy Award for excellence in television, named in honor of Lucille Ball, will be presented to Hayek, the actress/director/producer who serves as exec producer of ABC's "Ugly Betty."

Hayek earned a Daytime Emmy for her directorial debut, "The Maldonado Miracle," starring Peter Fonda, Mare Winningham and Ruben Blades, which aired on Showtime.

An Oscar nominee as best actress for "Frida," she'll be seen in the upcoming films "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" and "Cirque du Freak."

With her new company Ventanazul, Hayek and producing partner Jose Tamez have been tapped by MGM to develop, produce and acquire mainstream films that draw on Latin themes or feature Latin talent before and behind the camera.

Goodwin, who plays the youngest of Bill Paxton's three wives on HBO's "Big Love," is set to receive the MaxMara "Face of the Future" Award. She has also appeared as Johnny Cash's first wife in "Walk the Line" and will be seen in October in the ensemble comedy, "He's Just Not That Into You," based on the best-seller by Greg Behrendt.

Her credits also include the features "Mona Lisa Smile," "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton," "Day Zero" and "Birds of America."

Lansing, who broke down barriers for women execs in Hollywood at Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Paramount, where she served as chairman of the motion picture group from 1992-2005, will be recognized with the Paltrow Mentorship Award, presented to a woman whose career and life exemplify the definition of mentorship.

She now heads the Sherry Lansing Foundation — its philanthropic work includes raising awareness and funds for cancer research. She's a regent of the University of California and a member of California's Independent Citizens Oversight Committee, which governs stem-cell research. She also sits on the boards of the Carter Center, DonorsChoose, Qualcomm, Teach for America, the American Association for Cancer Research and Friends for Cancer Research.

Calm Down Prods.' Lucy Webb will return as exec producer of the 2008 awards, and past WIF president Iris Grossman will again chair the event.
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