Blanchett was feted with the Crystal Award for ladies who have helped expand the role of women in the entertainment industry while Scandal star Washington was presented with the Lucy Award for Innovation in Television by the show’s creator Shonda Rhimes.
The Australian Oscar winner used her acceptance speech to urge her peers to take chances, saying, “A creative career is only as good as the risks you take with it.”
Washington told the audience, “When we step up for ourselves, we create opportunity, whether it’s because we inspire other people or we employ other people” and later took to Twitter.com, writing, “What an inspiring night! THANK U (you) #wif – Women In Film! Was an honor 2 (to) be part of tonights (sic) celebration.”
Desperate Housewives star Longoria was presented with Norma Zarky Humanitarian award and Rose Byrne scooped the MAXMARA Face of the Future trophy.
Frozen director Jennifer Lee was honoured with the Dorothy Arzner Directors award and was presented with the prize by the film’s star, Kristen Bell.
The gongs were handed out at a ceremony at Los Angeles’ Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.