LOS ANGELES (AP) — They’re Oscar winners and nominees, actors, directors and producers. And these honorees of Elle magazine’s 17th annual Women in Hollywood celebration say they have women to thank for it.

Jodie Foster, Diane Keaton, Gwyneth Paltrow and other Hollywood women were recognized Monday night in Los Angeles for their achievements in film, and each said they were inspired by other actresses and female filmmakers.

Foster, who knew at age 6 she wanted to be a director, looked to European filmmakers Lina Wertmuller and Margarethe von Trotta.

Meanwhile, Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow called Foster “a national treasure,” and Alyson Hannigan said Foster inspired her to become an actress.

“I’ve always loved her,” Hannigan said, “so if I get to meet her tonight, like, I might pass out.”

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