Actresses Felicity Jones and Lupita Nyong'o as well as
"Twilight" co-stars Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning hit the
red carpet on Monday for the annual awards that celebrate the
contribution of women to the film industry.
Many of the actresses touched on the U.S. election, just two
weeks away, which could see Hillary Clinton become America's
first female president.
"I think the power and the presence of America on the
international stage in the world it will really be sending an
amazing message if there is a female president," said British
actress Helen Mirren.
"I've been to these events before and it is a lot of fun to get
women together to tell their stories ... especially now during
this election process when women have had some dirt kicked on
them," said Oscar winner Kathy Bates, alluding to the rhetoric
that has marked the political campaign.
"Enchanted" actress Amy Adams was also among the actresses
honored by Elle and she struck a forward-looking note.
"There is always more work to be done, but I choose to focus on
the positive," said Adams.
"There are so many wonderful women who are making great strides
to create change and I think we need to focus on that."
(Reporting by Reuters Television; Writing by Adela Suliman;
Editing by Patrick Johnston and Tom Heneghan)
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