Monday, April 16, 2007

WIF honor leading ladies

Women in Film will award the 2007 Crystal Award for excellence in film to Renee Zellweger, while "Grey's Anatomy" showrunner Shonda Rhimes will receive the Lucy Award for excellence in television.

The women who work on "Grey's Anatomy," both in front of and behind the camera, will be honored along with Rhimes.

The MaxMara "Face of the Future" Award will go to British actress Emily Blunt.

WIF's Dorothy Arzner Directing Award will be presented to director-writer-producer Nancy Meyers.

Awards will be presented at a gala dinner on June 14 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Org will introduce a new category this year, the Paltrow Mentorship Award. Producer Kathleen Kennedy will be the first recipient. As sponsor of the award, General Motors will underwrite a film scholarship in the name of Bruce Paltrow.

Uta Briesewitz will be presented with the Kodak Vision Award for her achievements in cinematography.

"I can think of no better way to inspire the next creative generation than to honor these incredible women, who have consistently provided the highest quality entertainment to audiences worldwide," WIF prexy Jane Fleming said.

Calm Down Prods.' Lucy Webb returns to exec produce the awards ceremony, while ICM agent Iris Grossman is event chair.

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