LOS ANGELES — When Nicole Kidman was a young actress, Jane Campion offered her a role in one of her early films. Kidman declined the part because it required her to wear a shower cap and kiss a girl, and she dreamed of being the kind of actress who had long, flowing hair and kissed boys.
Kidman still regrets missing this opportunity, she said Tuesday as she accepted a trophy at Women in Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards. She said she is no longer afraid to attempt the unexpected, urging women to "take risks, raise our voices and honor the fire within." The Oscar winner also pulled a shower cap from her purse and declared she was "ready ... to kiss any woman in the room." Longtime friend Naomi Watts, who presented Kidman with her award, took her up on the offer.
Also honored during the dinner ceremony at the Century Plaza Hotel were director Ava DuVernay, "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway, actress Kate Mara, talent agent Toni Howard and top Warner Bros. executive Sue Kroll. Women in Film has presented its Crystal + Lucy Awards since 1977 to raise funds for the organization and recognize trailblazing women in the industry.
Kristen Stewart and "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer made a surprise appearance to introduce a group of young female filmmakers who won the opportunity to make short films inspired by the "Twilight" series with funding and guidance from industry professionals.
Others stars in attendance included Sandra Bullock, Phylicia Rashad, Regina King, Angie Harmon, Laura Linney and Judith Light. Maria Bello was the evening's host.
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