When Naomi Watts was part of an American Cinematheque Tribute to Nicole Kidman in 2003, I have to admit, I kinda yawned. For two fellow Aussies who had known each other for years, Watts didn’t seem to have much insight she was willing to share about her friend and both actresses appeared shy—almost timid. What a difference a decade makes! Watts honored her friend Kidman (the two have known each other for nearly 30 years) at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards the other night and she donned shower cap and planted one on her friend after Kidman confessed that she’d passed on a Jane Campion short film (it would have been her first role) because it involved wearing a shower cap and kissing a girl. This go-round at the podium Kidman emphasized not being afraid of her power. “Today,” she said, “I know better.”
Other honorees included Jill Soloway, Ava DuVernay, Sue Kroll, Kate Mara, and Toni Howard. Mara received Max Mara’s Face of the Future Award, “Believe me—her last name is just a coincidence,” said Nicola Maramotti, Max Mara’s Global Brand Ambassador. Host Maria Bello was the brand’s first Face of the Future ten years ago. Bello asked the room to pause to admire their neighbor’s footwear at one point (nice Gucci’s, Kelli Garner!). Agent Toni Howard received the first ever Sue Mengers award (from client Laura Linney) and TWO standing ovations. Sometimes when people send in video tributes, they can be forgettable, but Samuel L Jackson saying via video to Kroll, “You made me Samuel L. Jackson” will stick with me. Sandra Bullock, who presented to Warner Bros. Pictures president of worldwide marketing and international distribution Sue Kroll said, “There’s so much power in this room right now that we are all going to be on the same menstrual cycle after tonight.” Here’s hoping the prediction does not come true.