Laura Linney was among the honorees at the 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night, June 12. As she received the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film, the three-time Emmy winner took the stage and delivered critical remarks on gender inequality in film industry through her acceptance speech.
"As an actress in film, it is very easy to become isolated just due to the ratio of gender inequality that exists," 49-year-old Linney told the audience. "Rarely do you have a scene with other women, very few women are on the crew, and what few female executives arrive tend to keep to themselves. You have fewer and fewer women to turn to for help or advice, and information is not easily shared."
"It is a problem, it's unhealthy, the slow pace of progress for women. And I believe has something to do with the slow pace of progress women are making, not only in their artistic lives, but especially in their business lives. The news about inequality in pay between men and women, whether in film or television, seems to be worse than it was twenty years ago."
The Sammy depicter in "You Can Count on Me" then encouraged the audience to strengthen sisterhood for solving the issue. "I encourage everyone in this room to please mentor. Reach out to a younger actress, or junior executive, or crew person, or office worker or a student," she said.
"Take them to lunch, put in the time to talk and learn what they are encountering. Listen to their observations. Share with them your insight and your mistakes and share information so that our experiences are not wasted."
Also honored at Women in Film's 40th anniversary celebration were Hailee Steinfeld (the Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award), Sofia Coppola (the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award) and George Lucas (the Nora Zarky Humanitarian Award).