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Zendaya, Jean Smart, Marlee Matlin, and Siân Heder Among Women in Film WIF Honorees

Zendaya is following up the world premiere of “Dune” at Venice Film Festival by taking home a special award. The Emmy-winning “Euphoria” actress is among this year’s honorees for Women in Film’s WIF Honors. “Formerly the Crystal + Lucy Awards, the annual benefit supports WIF’s educational and philanthropic programs and its advocacy for gender parity for women throughout the industry,” Variety details.

Last seen in “Malcolm & Marie,” Zendaya will be joined by “Hacks” co-stars Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder and “CODA” collaborators Siân Heder and Marlee Matlin. The former wrote and directed the Sundance smash about an aspiring singer who is the only hearing member of her Deaf family, and the latter co-starred. Producer Ashley Levinson, whose credits include “Bombshell” and “Pieces of a Woman,” is also among the honorees.

Set to take place in person at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles on October 6, the WIF Honors “celebrate the women who are transforming the industry for the better, with innovative reimaginings of how the workplace can be set up for women to support women with compassion, care, and a renewed commitment to equity across intersectional identities,” per the source.

“We are thrilled to honor a handful of the many women in our industry who have taken on the unparalleled challenges of our time and created transformative and lasting impact and opportunity for the better, together,” commented Esther Chang, Chair of the WIF Honors Committee.

WIF Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer added, “We are honoring these pairs of women with the Crystal Award to reflect the collective effort it takes to transform this industry into one that rewards equality and succeeds as it becomes more inclusive. Even in the most difficult of times, these women have taken steps forward towards a more ideal future.”

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