Nancy Meyers blasts Hilton/Lohan/Spears



Nancy Meyers delivered a hilarious speech last night on the state of women in Hollywood. The director was receiving the Dorothy Arzner Award at the Women in Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Without naming names but speaking after a highlight reel featuring clips from her films Private Benjamin, Something's Gotta Give and The Parent Trap, featuring the 12-year-old Lohan- Meyers pondered a series of questions, including this one: "What about young women in Hollywood who started giving women a bad name? The ones who think it's okay to drink and drive, who don't wear underwear and make sure we know it.

"I understand burning your bra, thank you," Meyers added. "I do not understand not wearing your underpants."

Meanwhile, Harvey Weinstein recalled coming to Crystal Award honoree Renée Zellweger's rescue during the making of Bridget Jones's Diary.

At the time, the infamously brutal British press was blasting Zellweger for taking on the title role of a self-conscious young English woman.

Weinstein claimed to have called many of the reporters to ask them to stop. When his requests were ignored, he made a pact with them. "I got a promise out of them," Weinstein said. "I said, 'If she's any good in the movie in your opinion, you have to come to the premiere and single-handedly apologize to her.' So, they all agreed because they were sure it would be terrible and she would be terrible.

"The night of the premiere, each one of these gossip columnists from the London Mail, The Sun, whatever, saw the movie and came to the party," Weinstein said. "And these Fleet Street guys who tear people up for a living every day, walked over to Renée and said, 'I'm from the Daily Mail. You were really good,' and 'I'm from The Sun. You were really good.' "

Meanwhile, across town at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Barbara Walters hung out with Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher at Yves Saint Laurent's benefit for Center Dance Arts.

Also there were Sophia Bush, Shiva Rose, Nicole Richie and boyfriend Joel Madden, Rachael Leigh Cook and Minnie Driver.

Driver, who stars alongside Eddie Izzard in the FX series, The Riches, is getting ready to promote her second album that comes out next month.

"It's more acoustic, a bit folksy-rock-alternative-country," Driver told Planet Gossip's Matt Donnelly. "It's like the first one, but I recorded the whole thing live."

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