Photos & Videos: Women In Film 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards

Brie has been honoree with Crystal Award for Excellence in Film during the Women In Film 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awardspresented by Max Mara, Lancôme and Lexus. The event was held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel last night.

This post has been updated with videos from the black carpet and our gallery has more high quality images:

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Brie Larson announces Sundace Institute and Toronto Film Festival Initiatives for Underrepresented Press

Brie Larson closed Women in Film’s Crystal+Lucy Awards on Wednesday night as the final honoree to take the stage inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, and she didn’t drop the mic — she broke major news about two of the industry’s most prominent film festivals.

THR — “I’m so grateful to be up here to receive this award so I can not thank my family and my team and instead talk about something that’s really important to me,” she explained in opening her speech, which came just after 9 p.m. “I’d like to bring to light an aspect of our industry that has risen to the surface in the last week. This issue has a solution that each one of us in this room can participate in.”

Larson, accepting the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film, then referenced news that broke two days earlier when USC’s Annenberg Inclusivity Initiative released a report that analyzed the gender and race/ethnicity of the critics behind every Rotten Tomatoes review of 2017’s 100 highest-grossing movies. The report titled “Critic’s Choice?” found that out of 19,559 reviews, 77.8 percent were written by men and 82 percent were written by white critics. White men wrote 63.9 percent of reviews, compared with 4.1 percent penned by women of color. More reviews were also written by white women (18.1 percent) than by men of color (13.8 percent).

“This is a huge disconnect from the U.S. population of 30 percent white men, 30 percent white women, 20 percent men of color and 20 percent women of color,” Larson explained. “Why does that matter? Why am I up here talking about statistics when I could be up here talking about my publicist? [Lindsay Galin of Rogers & Cowan] who I love and thank you so much for bringing [presenter Jessi] up here and making this super emotional while I stand up here and rattle off percentages of people.”

Larson then made a point that she swung home three separate times: “Am I saying that I hate white dudes? No, I’m not.”

Instead, what Larson was working toward is a larger point about having the right reviewers screen films that matter to specific demographics, an issue that has been gaining traction as the conversation about inclusion and diversity continues to get louder in all parts of the industry, including newsrooms that cover the entertainment industry.

“What I am saying is that if you make a movie that is a love letter to women of color, there is an insanely low chance a woman of color will have the chance to see your movie and review your movie,” she said to rousing applause in the room, which was filled to capacity and had already listened to speeches from honorees including ABC’s Channing Dungey and actress Alexandra Shipp. “We need to be conscious of our bias and make sure that everyone is in the room.”

Getting to the news of the evening, Larson delivered a personal lead-up explaining why this issue — one that she tweeted about on June 11 — matters so much to her.

“It really sucks that reviews matter, but reviews matter,” she said. “Good reviews out of festivals give small independent films a fighting chance to be bought and seen. Good reviews help films gross money. Good reviews slingshot films into awards contenders. A good review can change your life. It changed mine.”

Larson was referring to the 2015 film Room, which screened at both the Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals, which have become go-to launching pads for serious awards contenders. It worked for Larson. Her performance in the Lenny Abrahamson-directed film debuted to rave reviews and she went on to win an Oscar, Golden Globe, Film Independent Spirit Award and dozens of critics group prizes. ”

“I do not need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him out of a Wrinkle in Time. It wasn’t made for him. I want to know what that film meant to women of color, to biracial women, to teen women of color, to teens that are biracial. These are just facts these are not my emotions,” she continued. “I want to know what my work means to the world, not a narrow view.”

On that note, Larson announced that both the Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals have committed to bolstering its credentialing ranks to include 20 percent of underrepresented critics in Park City and Toronto at the next installments of each festival. TIFF is scheduled for September while Sundance will happen again in January in Utah.

Festivals aside, Larson is hoping that more outlets do the same.

“The bottom line is that each of the top 100 films in a year added nine critics that are three underrepresented males, three white females, three underrepresented females and the average critic pool would match the U.S. population in just five years,” she said, before offering her breakdown of potential solutions.

“First, female and underrepresented critics can’t review what they don’t see and many are denied accreditation and access to press screenings. If you are in this room, or if you know someone who is a gate keeper, please make sure these invites and credentials find their way to more underrepresented journalists and critics, many of whom are freelancers,” she detailed. “Artists, agents, publicists and marketing execs, you can do your part by commiting to an inclusive press plan and junket strategy on your end. This includes asking for a wider array of magazine photographers in addition to writers. Disney has been a brilliant partner on this on Captain Marvel.”

“Second: Feed the pipeline,” continued Larson, who also noted the inclusive press line that greeted the guests at Women in Film’s annual event. (And it should be noted that Larson walked the walk before heading inside for the dinner program and she stopped for every outlet on the carpet and spoke to journalists of color.) “I know you’re thinking, ‘Brie, we’d love to have a balanced pool but there’s not enough underrepresented critics to make this realistic.’ I’m super happy to tell you that 41 percent of Bachelor’s degrees in journalism and communication go to white women and 22 percent to women of color, so the talent is there, the access and opportunity is not.”

To find talent, Larson also announced “an opt-in tool” that will launch late summer that is designed to allow studios and artist representatives to more easily find and contact entertainment journalists and critics from underrepresented groups. It’s unclear which organization is behind the tool.

“I hope this is just the start. Let’s sponsor more opportunities like this for journalists and critics moving forward,” she said in closing. “Thank you very much for listening to my verbal power point presentation, and I hope you have a very wonderful rest of your evening.”

Brie Larson honoree with Crystal Award for Excellence in Film

Brie Larson honoree with Crystal Award for Excellence in Film

Brie has been honoree with Crystal Award for Excellence in Film during the Women In Film 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards presented by Max Mara, Lancôme and Lexus. The event was held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel last night. During her speech, she cited a recent USC study that she has also shared on Twitter this week, mentioning that only 2.5% of top film critics are women of color when 20% of US =women of color.


“The talent is there, access and opportunities are not” Brie emphasized the importance of giving press credentials to underrepresented journalists and critics.

Brie also announced Sundance and TIFF initiatives: “[Sundance and Toronto film festivals] are opening up accreditations to women and underrepresented critics and film writers”

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“Basmati Blues” Screencaptures

“Basmati Blues” Screencaptures

Our gallery was updated with HD screencaptures of Brie Larson as Linda in Basmati Blues. Enjoy!


Brie Larson Lends Voice To VR Series ‘Space Explorers: A New Dawn’

Before Brie Larson blasts off into space in Marvel’s forthcoming Captain Marvel, she’ll be taking another intergalactic adventure in the virtual reality series Space Explorers: A New Dawn.

DEADLINE — The Academy Award-winning actress will narrate the first two episodes of the VR series from Felix & Paul Studios. Produced in conjunction with Facebook’s Oculus with participation from NASA, Space Explorers made its world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

“I am in awe of the NASA astronauts and their incredible commitment to the rigorous training required for their extremely challenging missions,” said Larson in a statement. “Narrating the Space Explorers virtual reality series was a unique opportunity and gave me an intimate appreciation for these real-life superheroes and the sacrifices they make on behalf of our country, the field of space exploration and the scientific community.”

The VR series is an experiential virtual reality series about the new age of space exploration. Viewers witness firsthand the lives of both new and veteran NASA astronauts including Sunita Williams, Jeanette Epps, Victor Glover, Michael Gernhardt and Jessica Meir as they navigate the trials and sacrifices of their training and missions. The series explores (hence the title) the dynamics of camaraderie among space programs around the world and the collaboration between public and private space agencies and highlights the latest advancements and plans for deep space exploration.

Space Explorers: A New Dawn was directed by Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël and is currently available on the Oculus store.

Brie Larson to be honored with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film

Brie Larson to be honored with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film

Women in Film Los Angeles unveiled this year’s honorees for the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. The annual benefit gala, which supports WIF LA’s educational and philanthropic programs and its advocacy for gender parity for women in the industry, will take place on June 13 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson will be honored with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. During the gala they will also honor President of ABC Entertainment Channing Dungey will receive the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television.  Love, Simon star and X-Men‘s Storm Alexandra Shipp will be honored with The Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award. The Grammy Award-winning songwriting and production team NOVA Wav, consisting of Denisia “Blu June” Andrews and Brittany “Chi” Coney, will get the The Women In Film Artistic Excellence Award.