BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA) — Throughout this early award season one thing has been constant — female empowerment.

And CBS2/KCAL9 Entertainment Reporter Brittney Hopper said that girl power was very much in evidence Friday evening at the 12th annual Women in Film Oscar party in Beverly Hills.

“I don’t know anything more ferocious than a woman. And so you get a lot of them together and there is just no stopping it,” said actress Kate Bosworth.

And that’s exactly what the group Women In Film is all about.  Tonight marked 12 years of celebrating women not only in front of the camera but also behind the scenes —  producers, directors, sound mixers.

Many of the women at the event are nominated for an Oscar.  And this year, more women than ever before are nominated. Sixty-one women were honored this evening.

“First of all, to really show women how important they are and how valuable they are and also how strong they are and that they can reach for their dreams and get there.” says “Roma” actress Yalitza Aparicio, through a translator.

The executive director of the event says tonight’s celebration is really the best way to assure more films will get made by and for women and girls.

“We definitely still have work to do. Over the last decade, only four percent of the top grossing movies have been directed by women. But we are starting to see some incremental change,” says Kirsten Schafer, WIF’s executive director.

  1. Kathie Belle Edwards says:

    I’m a little confused by some women who claim they (collectively), “need empowerment so that they can make the change.” What does that mean? I’ve never felt “less,” because of my sex, nor have I known women who were so. Isn’t that the definition of “sexist?” I must question the psyche and ”change,” agenda of those women…

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