WIF Awards Retrospective

Entrepreneur in Entertainment Award

This award celebrates the ongoing achievements of an individual whose work nurtures the advancement of their female collaborators. Integral to the conscientiousness of the recipient’s professional endeavors are principles accordant with the mission of WIF. Just as their creative output is shaping the landscape of high-quality stories and entertainment, their influence is benefiting the conversation about gender parity in our industry.

  • 2019 – Amy Poehler

Emerging Entrepreneur Award

This award honors a promising talent in the fields of film, television, and/or digital media, whose professional pursuits are resulting in progress for the next generation of talented women. Its recipient has demonstrated a foundation for her career comprising of accomplishments marrying creative achievements and business acumen.

  • 2019 – Issa Rae

WIF Members’ Choice Award

This is an opportunity for WIF L.A. members at all levels to participate in the recognition of a singular talented woman making her mark on the entertainment landscape. As a response to the oversight of female directors in almost every major awards show earlier in the 2019 season, the award’s inaugural focus was women directors whose narrative features had a U.S. theatrical release in 2018.

  • 2019 – Anne Fletcher (Dumplin’), Debra Granik (Leave No Trace), Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Mimi Leder (On the Basis of Sex), Chloe Zhao (The Rider)

Crystal Award for Advocacy in Entertainment

This reenvisioning of the iconic Crystal Award is a clarification of the award’s identity, continuing the tradition of celebrating those who, through their success, are creating increased opportunities for the advancement of women working throughout the screen industries: in front of and behind the camera.

  • 2019 – Cathy Schulman

Crystal Award Retrospective

Established in 1977 to honor outstanding individuals who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.

  • 2018 – Brie Larson
  • 2017 – Elizabeth Banks
  • 2016 – Denise Di Novi, Lianne Halfon, Lynda Obst, Jane Rosenthal, Paula Wagner and including former Crystal Honorees Lauren Shuler Donner, Lucy Fisher, Paula Weinstein
  • 2015 – Nicole Kidman
  • 2014 – Cate Blanchett
  • 2013 – Laura Linney
  • 2012 – Viola Davis
  • 2011 – Annette Bening
  • 2010 – Donna Langley
  • 2009 – Jennifer Aniston
  • 2008 – Diane English & The Ensemble Cast of The Women
  • 2007 – Renée Zellweger
  • 2006 – Lauren Shuler Donner, Jennifer Lopez, Diane Warren
  • 2005 – Sandra Bullock & Gesine Prado, Jamie Foxx, Jaime Rucker King & Nina Shaw
  • 2004 – Gwyneth Paltrow
  • 2003 – Debra Hill, Nina Jacobson, Diane Lane
  • 2002 – Halle Berry, Laura Ziskin
  • 2001 – Glenn Close, Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Pascal, Juliet Taylor
  • 2000 – Barbara Boyle, Jessica Lange, Nikki Rocco
  • 1999 – Drew Barrymore, Amy Heckerling, Marcia Nasatir, Paula Weinstein
  • 1998 – Lucy Fisher, Gale Anne Hurd, Meryl Streep
  • 1997 – Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Bette Midler
  • 1996 – Angela Bassett, Jodie Foster, Audrey Hepburn (posthumously), Anjelica Huston, Buffy Shutt, Kathy Jones
  • 1995 – Kathleen Kennedy, Meg Ryan, Sharon Stone, Alfre Woodard
  • 1994 – Nora Ephron, Polly Platt, Joan Plowright, Susan Sarandon
  • 1993 – Julie Andrews, Kay Koplovitz, Michelle Pfeiffer
  • 1992 – Maya Angelou, Diahann Carroll, Martha Coolidge, Lily Tomlin
  • 1991 – Ruby Dee, Penny Marshall, Jessica Tandy
  • 1990 – Marcy Carsey, Jean Firstenberg, Lee Remick
  • 1989 – Dawn Steel, Susan Stratton, Fay Wray
  • 1988 – Suzanne De Passe, lee Grant, Loretta Young
  • 1987 – Dorothy Jenkins, Renee Valente, Ann-Margret
  • 1986 – Marilyn Bergman, Marion Dougherty, Sally Field
  • 1985 – Lina Wertmüller, Meta Wilde, Elizabeth Taylor
  • 1984 – Mary Tyler Moore, Brianne Murphy (ASC), Barbra Streisand
  • 1983 – Margaret Booth, Bette Davis, Ruth Gordon
  • 1982 – Dede Allen, Jay Presson Allen, Cicely Tyson, Hannah Weinstein
  • 1981 – Verna Fields, Jane Fonda, Sherry Lansing
  • 1980 – Carol Burnett, Fay Kanin, Kathleen Nolan
  • 1979 – Lillian Gish, Barbara Schultz, Ethel Winant
  • 1978 – Lillian Gallo, Pauline Kael, Shirley MacLaine
  • 1977 – Lucille Ball, Nancy Malone, Eleanor Perry, Norma Zarky

Lucy Award Retrospective

This award for innovation in television was established to pay tribute to the great star, comedienne, producer, director, studio owner, and creator—Lucille Ball. The Award is given annually to talented individuals who exemplify the extraordinary accomplishments embodied in the life and work of Lucille Ball.

  • 2018 – Channing Dungey
  • 2017 – Tracee Ellis Ross
  • 2016 – Taraji P. Henson
  • 2015 – Jill Soloway
  • 2014 – Kerry Washington
  • 2013 – The Women of “Mad Men”: Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Jessica Paré, Kiernan Shipka
  • 2012 – Bonnie Hammer
  • 2011 – Nina Tassler
  • 2010 – Courteney Cox
  • 2009 – Holly Hunter
  • 2008 – Salma Hayek
  • 2007 – Shonda Rhimes and the Women of “Grey’s Anatomy”
  • 2006 – Geena Davis
  • 2005 – Debra Messing & Megan Mullally
  • 2004 – Blythe Danner
  • 2003 – Gail Berman-Masters, Stockard Channing, Sheila Nevins, Lily Tomlin
  • 2002 – Rosie O’Donnell, Anne Sweeney, Tyne Daly & Amy Brenneman
  • 2000 – Marcy Carsey, Phillis Diller, HBO’s “If These Walls Could Talk” and “If These Walls Could Talk 2” (Creators and Cast: Jane Anderson, Cher, Ellen DeGeneres, Anne Heche, I. Marlene King, Susan Nanus, Nancy Savoca, Sharon Stone, Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd, Michelle Williams)
  • 1999 – Normal Lear & Bud Yorkin, Camryn Manheim, HBO’s “Sex and the City” (Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon)
  • 1998 – Diahann Carroll, Kay Koplovitz, Barbara Walters, Shari Lewis (posthumously)
  • 1997 – Carol Burnett, Roseanne, Jean MacCurdy
  • 1996 – Garry Marshall, Marlo Thomas, Angela Lansbury, Madelyn Pugh Davis
  • 1995 – Tracey Ullman, Elizabeth Montgomery (posthumously), Imogene Coca, Fred Silverman, Brianne Murphy
  • 1994 – Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Gary David Goldberg, Susan Lucci

MaxMara Face of the Future Award® Retrospective

Each year, MaxMara presents this award to an actress who is experiencing a turning point in her career through her work in the film and television industries, through her contributions to the community at large, in recognition of her outstanding achievements, and her embodiment of style and grace.

  • 2019 – Elizabeth Debicki
  • 2018 – Alexandra Shipp
  • 2017 – Zoey Deutch
  • 2016 – Natalie Dormer
  • 2015 – Kate Mara
  • 2014 – Rose Byrne
  • 2013 – Hailee Steinfeld
  • 2012 – Chloë Grace Moretz
  • 2011 – Katie Holmes
  • 2010 – Zoë Saldana
  • 2009 – Elizabeth Banks
  • 2008 – Ginnifer Goodwin
  • 2007 – Emily Blunt
  • 2006 – Maria Bello

Bruce Paltrow Award Retrospective

The Paltrow Mentorship Award, in honor of the late director and great mentor Bruce Paltrow, is awarded to an entertainment industry professional, who in the course of their career, has shown an extraordinary commitment to mentoring and supporting the next generation of filmmakers and executives.

  • 2015 – Sue Kroll
  • 2008 – Sherry Lansing
  • 2007 – Kathleen Kennedy

Dorothy Arzner Directors Award® Retrospective

Dorothy Arzner was the first woman member of the Directors Guild of America. This award was established in her honor to recognize the important role women directors play in both film and television.

  • 2017 – Mira Nair
  • 2016 – Lesli Linka Glatter
  • 2015 – Ava DuVernay
  • 2014 – Jennifer Lee
  • 2013 – Sofia Coppola
  • 2011 – Pamela Fryman
  • 2010 – Lisa Cholodenko
  • 2009 – Catherine Hardwicke
  • 2007 – Nancy Meyers
  • 2006 – Joey Lauren Adams, Lian Lunson, Nicole Holofcener
  • 2003 – Debbie Allen
  • 2001 – Betty Thomas
  • 2000 – Mimi Leder
  • 1993 – Barbara Kopple

Sue Mengers Award Retrospective

The Sue Mengers Award, named for the legendary agent and given for the first time in 2015, is presented to a representative who is, and has been, instrumental in guiding careers. Sue Mengers was an icon in the entertainment industry. She was one of the most influential talent agents of her time, when women were not the norm, and she was devoted to her clients.

  • 2016 – Hylda Queally
  • 2015 – Toni Howard

Kodak Vision Award Retrospective

Crystal + Lucy Awards®

  • 2013 – Rachel Morrison
  • 2012 – Anette Haellmigk
  • 2011 – Reed Morano
  • 2010 – Cynthia Pusheck
  • 2009 – Petra Korner
  • 2008 – Mandy Walker
  • 2007 – Uta Briesewitz
  • 2006 – Maryse Alberti
  • 2005 – Tami Reiker
  • 2003 – Pauline Heaton
  • 2002 – Carolyn Chen

Crystal Awards

  • 2001 – Amy Vincent
  • 2000 – Lisa Rinzler
  • 1998 – Sandi Sissel
  • 1997 – Nancy Schreiber
  • 1996 – Roxanne Di Santo

Lucy Awards

  • 2000 – Joan Churchill
  • 1998 – Liz Ziegler
  • 1997 – Judy Irola
  • 1996 – Linda Brown

Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award Retrospective

  • 2017 – Dan Rather
  • 2014 – Eva Longoria
  • 2013 – George Lucas
  • 2012 – Christina Applegate
  • 2011 – Dame Elizabeth Taylor (posthumously)
  • 2008 – Jeffrey Katzenberg
  • 2002 – David Foster & Linda Thompson
  • 2001 – Pierce Brosnan & Keely Shaye Smith
  • 2000 – Pauletta & Denzel Washington
  • 1999 – Ted Turner
  • 1998 – Tichi Wilkerson Kassel
  • 1997 – Michele Singer-Reiner & Rob Reiner
  • 1996 – Jane Alexander
  • 1994 – Danny Glover
  • 1993 – Mike Farrell
  • 1992 – Lilly Tartikoff
  • 1991 – Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams
  • 1990 – Gary David Goldberg
  • 1989 – Edward James Olmos
  • 1988 – Stacey & Henry Winkler
  • 1987 – Valerie Harper & Dennis Weaver
  • 1986 – Quincy Jones
  • 1985 – Jean Stapleton
  • 1983 – Carmen Zapata
  • 1981 – Gene Reynolds
  • 1979 – Gareth Wigan