Girl Power! Here's Why We're Raising Our Glasses to Toast Kerry Washington, Cate Blanchett and Three Others

Kerry Washington and Cate Blanchett
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Congratulations are in order for Kerry Washington, Cate Blanchett, Eva Longoria, Rose Byrne, and Frozen director Jennifer Lee, who have been selected as the five honorees for the 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards, presented by Women in Film, Los Angeles (WIF LA). The annual benefit gala, which will take place June 11th, honors exemplary women in the entertainment industry—women who lead by example, who are creative, groundbreaking, and who excel at their chosen fields. The fundraising dinner supports WIF LA’s educational and philanthropic programs and initiatives that promote educational and professional opportunities for women working in the entertainment industry.

"The women we are honoring this year represent the best, the brightest and the bravest among us," says the President of WIF LA, Cathy Schulman. "We are proud to celebrate their achievements and their contributions." Washington will receive the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television, while Blanchett—who recently received her second Academy Award for her lead performance in Blue Jasmine—will be honored with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. Longoria will be awarded the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award, Byrne the Women in Film Max Mara "Face of the Future" title, and Jennifer Lee the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award. "These five women have distinguished themselves both as artists and as responsible citizens of the world. They inspire us and we in turn are honored to recognize them for all they have given," Schulman states.

Be sure to check for exclusive coverage of the 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards, after they take place June 11th.

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