LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kerry Washington stepped back into the spotlight for the first time since becoming a mom last month to accept an award from Women in Film.

The “Scandal” star and fellow honorees Cate Blanchett, Eva Longoria, Rose Byrne and “Frozen” writer-director Jennifer Lee were honored by the nonprofit group Wednesday in Los Angeles.

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Both Washington and Blanchett said women must be willing to take risks and reveal imperfections to tell authentic stories about their experiences.

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Actress Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the dinner ceremony at the Century Plaza Hotel, where guests included John Lasseter, Kristen Bell, Shonda Rhimes, Laura Dern and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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