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Hillary Clinton Delights Crowd By Saying She Can Relate To Wonder Woman

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a video appearance on Tuesday at the Women In Film award ceremony in Los Angeles. Clinton celebrated the contributions women make to the film industry and introduced the winner of the highly prestigious Crystal Award. Clinton also mentioned that she planned to see 'Wonder Woman', because it appears as though the most influential woman in politics feels a kinship to the superhero.

Clinton thanks Women in Film for its "commitment to lifting up women directors, producers, writers, composers and executives." The non-profit organization helps promote equal opportunities for women, who are under-represented in the film industry, in creative projects across the board, from writing to producing to composing.

At the 'Evolve' Crystal + Lucy Awards, Clinton announced the winner of the coveted Crystal award, Elizabeth Banks. Banks is best known for her role as Effie Trinket in the 'Hunger Games' film series. The 69-year-old presidential hopeful said of Banks, "She is such a special person, again, on screen and off. You're not only a creative force in front of the camera and behind it, you are a passionate advocate for women's equality and opportunity; I can vouch for that."

Banks, 42, has long been a supporter of Clinton. During the 2016 presidential election, she produced a star-studded Clinton music video of 'Fight Song', the Rachel Platten chart-topping inspirational tune that became the battle cry of the Clinton campaign.

Clinton also got on the topic of the film 'Wonder Woman'. The film about the empowering female superhero of DC Comics fame is expected to help open doors for women behind the camera in the film industry. The film has garnered by far the most enthusiastic debut ever for a female director.

“‘Wonder Woman’ shows commercial entertainment at its best can be helmed by people of any gender,” said WIF L.A. president Cathy Schulman.

“If you support a woman to run the country, you should support women to run your film,” noted Tom Bernard, who accepted the first beacon award for advancing women's work with his Sony Pictures Classics' co-president Michael Barker. “Whether it’s riding a bike [a reference to the plot in ‘Wadjda’] or running your studio, give women a chance.”

“Now I haven’t seen ‘Wonder Woman’ yet, but I’m going to, in part because it’s directed by the fabulous Patty Jenkins,” said Clinton. “But something tells me that a movie about a strong, powerful woman fighting to save the world from a massive international disaster is right up my alley.”

Clinton's comments drew laughs and applause. Many are hopeful that Clinton, one of the most experienced and accomplished people (male or female) in the history of American politics, will consider another bid for the White House in 2020.

Dan Rather, who was honored with the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award, said of the organization, "I appreciate you carrying the basic American value of decency. When there is 'boorish' behavior from our political leaders, WIF leaders stand tall. You do our country, not just our film industry, a great service. Your beloved country and the world needs you now more than ever.”

Source: Variety
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