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It's been a good weekend for the gals

March 7, 2010 | 11:00 pm
It’s been something of a Great Dame weekend for me.

First was my Saturday "Patt Morrison Asks" Q and A column with Gloria Steinem, the ground-breaking feminist, which you can read here.

Whatever you think of her -- and judging from the e-mails I’ve been getting, nobody’s lukewarm about Gloria Steinem -- her influence on the nation’s 20th century social history has been substantial.

Then, I was tickled to spend Saturday evening in Palm Springs -- but not for the usual reasons that make people happy to be in Palm Springs.

I was there presenting a Palm Springs Women in Film and Television award to my friend, producer Gale Anne Hurd. She had earned the "Broken Glass" award, I said on Saturday, for giving a whole new meaning to "chick flick," with her fierce and fearless choices that have given us Oscar-honored movies and more. Among them: the "Terminator" films, "Aliens," "The Abyss," a couple of "Hulks" and "Aeon Flux," to the Independent Spirit award-winner "The Waterdance," along with a new film, "The Wronged Man," based on a true story, and one of my small-film faves of Gale’s, "Dick," a movie that Leonard Maltin lists as one of the 151 best films you’ve never seen. And I have. Twice.

And then the triple play: coming home from Palm Springs to see Kathryn Bigelow win not only for best director -- thank goodness it isn’t "directress" -- but also for another best, as  "The Hurt Locker" laid claim to being best picture.

Mark this weekend as one for the girls.

-- Patt Morrison
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