Hollywood women honoured at event
Jodie Foster, Gwyneth Paltrow and Hilary Swank were among the women recognised for their achievements in film at the annual Women In Hollywood event.
Diane Keaton, Kate Hudson, Sofia Coppola, Kerry Washington, Diane Kruger and newcomer Jessica Chastain were also honoured at the Elle magazine event, which is in its 17th year.
The Oscar winning and Oscar nominated women said they were inspired by other actresses and female filmmakers.
Jodie, who knew at age six she wanted to be a director, looked to European filmmakers Lina Wertmuller and Margarethe von Trotta.
"I thought, well, if they could do it, an American can do it, too," she said.
Meanwhile, Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow called Jodie "a national treasure," and Alyson Hannigan said Jodie inspired her to become an actress.
"I've always loved her," Alyson said. "So if I get to meet her tonight, like, I might pass out."
Diane, Hilary and actress Viola Davis all named Meryl Streep as one of their acting heroes. For Kerry, it's Annette Bening. Forr Sofia, it's Anjelica Huston. Kate and Gwyneth each said their actress mothers were inspirations.
Harrison Ford speculated that the event "came to be back in the days when they said, 'There were no good parts for women' and 'Women aren't highly regarded.'" Now, he said, "Women run Hollywood. Absolutely run Hollywood. And I'm glad."
Jodie said it might seem quaint to celebrate women "when they really are half of what's going on in the film business." She added: "But you think about it, it's women directors that are the last hurdle, and we haven't jumped over that. Now we have women studio executives, we have women producers. And, for some reason, that hasn't really translated into much gains for women (directors)."