May the Best Woman Win: Toasting the Women of the Oscars

February 27, 2014

On the occasion of the 86th Annual Academy Awards, Diane von Furstenberg, Anne Hathaway and Willow Bay hosted an intimate luncheon to celebrate the year’s female nominees. The table was set in the future home of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is currently hosting Diane’s Journey of a Dressexhibition. The nominees, including June Squibb and Julie Delpy, were greeted with cocktails and mingling in the exhibition’s dramatic mannequin room. Then the lunch–served at one banquet table to facilitate discussion–was kicked off by Willow, Senior Editor at the Huffington Post, who welcomed the remarkable women and introduced Diane and Anne, her co-hosts. Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, also spoke, touching on the strength of women and their important role in the film industry.

Between courses, each nominee introduced herself to the group, which also included Katharine Ross; Sue Kroll, President of Warner Brothers; Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures; Rita Wilson; Tatiana von Furstenberg and Francesca Gregorini; and attendees passed around a recent Forbes article examining the conspicuous lack of Oscar-nominated female directors. The lunch was followed by a roundtable discussion about the importance and future of women in film, but first, a running joke was established between the extraordinary women, still a minority in their industry. Many felt their work days could be described by the title of Kirsikka Saair’s film about a mother trying to get her family ready for a wedding. Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa, which is nominated for Best Short Film in the Live Action category, translates to: Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?

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