Sure, there were a bunch of honorees at the annual Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards on June 12 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Century City, but it was the night’s top award winner that got all the gals buzzing.
We’re talking about Jennifer Aniston, who wowed in a strapless silver Prada number, showing off her toned arms and firm legs, and letting the girls hang out for all to see. She eventually received the WIF Crystal Award for her role in “expanding the visibility of women in entertainment”; but first there was a female-filled cocktail party and silent auction, then dinner in the main ballroom.
Jen had the center seat of honor as host Chelsea Handler hit the stage with a rat-tat-tat of off color jokes (some having to do with having sex with her midget sidekick, you get the picture) and then got the crowd roaring and Aniston blushing when she pointed out that in addition to expanding the world’s view of what women in Hollywood can accomplish, that Aniston has also “recently stopped expanding the image of John Mayer.” “We really thank you for that,” Handler added slyly.
Handler gave it to Jeremy Piven, too, who seems to be the whipping boy of choice at every Hollywood event lately, as his slimy womanizing ways are the butt of jokes these days all over town.
“When I first heard about ‘Twilight,’” Handler quipped when mentioning another honoree of the evening, Catherine Hardwicke, and her blockbuster film, “that it was a movie about a guy who stays out all night sinking his teeth into young girls, I wondered, ‘why are they making a movie about Jeremy Piven?’”
“You can laugh at that,” she added, “he’s an asshole.”
And laugh we did, as the women in the packed space outnumbered the men by at least fifty to one, ranging from the grand dames of Hollywood to the youngest up-and-comers. From the over-sixty set including Piper Laurie, Blythe Danner, and Lupe Ontiveros, to the fortysomething crowd (Debi Mazar, Cheryl Hines, Heather Locklear, Jenny McCarthy, Laura San Giacomo, Sharon Lawrence, Rosanna Arquette, Melissa Leo), and right down to the current crop of ingénues, including Lynn Collins, Keke Palmer, Dania Ramirez, and the night’s “MaxMara Face of Tomorrow” Award winner Elizabeth Banks, everyone looked just peachy, all dolled up for the chance to look good for the gals.
Banks read her Twitter messages as part of her acceptance speech, very 21st Century, then two icons of the 20th Century hit the stage. Double Oscar winner Jodie Foster hit the stage, to give fellow thespian Holly Hunter her “Lucy” Award for her “innovation in television.” It’s no coincidence that the new season of Hunter’s hit TNT series “Saving Grace” starts its third season on June 16; funny how these things usually tie in.
Tweets were flying out of the ballroom when Jennifer Aniston finally accepted her Crystal Award from Universal Pictures big boss Stacey Snider. She threw caution to the wind and dissed all of her ex-lovers, lumping Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn, and John Mayer together in a pretty funny joke, pleading with all the female producers in the rapt audience to help her out.
“I noticed something a couple of years ago, that there seemed to be a strange parallel to the movies I was doing and my life off screen. To start with, ‘The Good Girl,’ then that devolved into ‘Rumor Has It,’ then that was followed by ‘Derailed.’ Then there was ‘The Breakup.’ So if any of you have a project titled ‘Everlasting Love with an Adult, Stable Male,’ I’m in!”
The 40-year-old’s next two movies may be a sign of things to come; Aniston will star first with Aaron Eckhart in “Love Happens,” opening in September, then “The Baster,” a comedy all about artificial insemination. Let’s hope for her sake that the first one is the one that takes.