Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria and Rose Byrne have plugged the cause of women in Hollywood as they accepted gongs for their work in film and TV.

Rose was recognised as the Max Mara Face Of The Future at the Women In Film awards in Los Angeles. The 34-year-old Bridesmaids star said women were still under-represented in the industry. ‘It’s a powerful business we’re in, with a loud voice. It’s imperative we realise women are consumers just as much as men, and have our stories told and audiences embraced,’ Rose said.

Scandal star Kerry stepped back into the spotlight for the first time since becoming a mum last month to accept the Lucy Award, for excellence in television. ‘When we step up for ourselves, we create opportunity, whether it’s because we inspire other people or we employ other people,’ said Kerry. Cate, who received the Crystal Award, for expanding the role of women in the industry, said they need to overcome the fear that they can’t fail.

‘A creative career is only as good as the risks you take with it,’ she said as she accepted the gong from actress Laura Dern. Frozen star Kristen Bell presented the film’s writer-director Jennifer Lee with the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award and thanked Walt Disney Animation chief John Lasseter for making her the first woman to direct a feature for the studio. ‘Female characters,’ she said, ‘if done with authenticity can get a whole world to come see them.’ Eva accepted the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award from actress-writer-director Lake Bell.