Hollywood's leading ladies honoured at awards event
IT WAS ladies' night in Los Angeles as Kerry Washington stepped back into the limelight for the first time since becoming a mother last month to accept an award from Women in Film.
The 'Scandal' star, along with fellow actresses Cate Blanchett, Eva Longoria, Rose Byrne and 'Frozen' writer-director Jennifer Lee, were honoured by the non-profit group for their career achievements.
Ms Washington and Ms Blanchett each said women must be willing to take risks and reveal imperfections to tell authentic stories about their experiences.
"When we step up for ourselves, we create opportunity, whether it's because we inspire other people or we employ other people," said Ms Washington, who gave birth to a daughter in May.
Ms Blanchett added that women needed to overcome the fear that they can't fail.
"A creative career is only as good as the risks you take with it," she said.
Ms Longoria accepted the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award from actress-writer-director Lake Bell, while Ms Byrne was recognised as the Max Mara Face of the Future.
'Frozen' star Kristen Bell presented Ms Lee with the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award. Ms Lee wrote and co-directed the Oscar-winning musical that has become the fifth-highest grossing film of all time.
She thanked Walt Disney Animation chief John Lasseter for making her the first woman to direct a feature for the studio.
"Female characters," she said, "if done with authenticity... can get a whole world to come see them."