Oscar-winning writer-director Sofia Coppola, whose latest film "The Bling Ring" screened at the Cannes and opens June 14 stateside, is this year's winner of the Crystal + Lucy Awards' Dorothy Arzner Directors Award.
The award is named after the pioneering Hollywood director of several studio films, including Katharine Hepburn's second feature, 1933's "Christopher Strong."
Coppola will receive the honor at the Women in Film Los Angeles gala fundraiser, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the nonprofit organization, on June 12 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Actress Jenna Elfman is this year's host.
Several other awards will be presented during the ceremony.
Laura Linney, currently starring in Showtime's "
Hailee Steinfeld, who earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination for the
Cinematographer Rachel Morrison, director of photography on the
The Crystal Awards were established in 1977 to honor those who have helped to expand the role of women in entertainment. The Lucy Awards were founded in 1984 and named after the legendary actress/producer Lucille Ball. Presented in association with the Lucille Ball Estate, the awards are given to men and women who have worked to improve the perception of women through television.