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Katie Holmes Accepts Women In Film Award; Thanks Tom Cruise, Parents for Support

OK! Magazine
By Mary Beth Quirk

Katie Holmes had quite the supportive audience last night as she accepted the 2011 MaxMara Face of the Future Award during the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills — while she thanked her husband Tom Cruise, who is in Miami shooting Rock of Ages, her parents Marin and Kathleen were also there to cheer her on!

Before accepting her big award, Katie walked down the red carpet with the likes of Elle Fanning and Jenna Elfman, and stopped to chat with reporters about the role of women in Hollywood.

“I think it’s important for everyone in Hollywood to keep working and creating different stories. You look at women like Lucille Ball — she created her show and she was an incredible woman of her time,” Katie explained to reporeters. “We can keep going. We have to keep creating.”

Speaking of influential women, Katie expressed her excitement over her project "The Kennedys" finding a home on Reelz Channel.

“It feels great and I am so happy that Reelz channel aired the Kennedys and they have been so lovely to work with. It was a wonderful project to work on,” she shared.

Inside, Director of European Retail and Development for MaxMara, Nicola Maramotti, presented her with the honor, before showing a montage of Katie’s career. Katie then took the podium to thank the women who have gone before her to inspire her.

“There have been so many women who inspired me. Watching their performances over and over —the greats: Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Sophia Loren, Liza Minnelli, Rita Moreno, Jodie Foster, Diane Keaton, Holly Hunter, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Annette Bening. Powerful, unforgettable work. They set an example of excellence through what feels like effortless performances. Through their examples of hard work, we’ve all been inspired. Creating new opportunities, telling fearless stories, setting new standards. Making real emotional impact. These are the challenges and privileges of our community and reflected in the work of so many strong women in this room,” Katie said.

Katie listed off some real-life non celebrity women who have influenced her and inspired her, as well as her parents.

“My eternal gratitude is bestowed upon my parents, who are here tonight. When I told them at the age of 16, sitting at our kitchen table that I wanted to be an actress and go to Hollywood, they gave me a big hug and said, ‘We support you. But you have to give it your all.’ And they supported me from that day, and that has always meant the world to me. And as I dream, I look to the future.”

Katie added that she’s proud to be a woman in Hollywood, so she can share the stories of others. And it wouldn’t be an acceptance speech if she didn’t give a nod to her famous hubby!

“And lastly, I thank my husband whose commitment to his work and his family inspires me daily.”

Congratulations, Katie!

Reporting by Gena Oppenheim