Actress and director Elizabeth Banks offered a long apology to Steven Spielberg after taking heat for comments she made Tuesday night at the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. Banks, who was honored with the Crystal Award for excellence in film, criticized Spielberg during her acceptance speech, contending that he had never directed a film featuring a female lead.
She immediately began hearing from audience members, some of whom attempted to correct Banks by reminding her about “The Color Purple.” The 1985 film, directed by Spielberg, prominently featured female characters, including starring roles for Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.
The Hollywood Reporter quotes Banks saying from the podium: “I went to ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Jaws’ and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made, and by the way, he’s never made a movie with a female lead. Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your ass out, but it’s true.”
The report notes that Banks worked with Spielberg on the 2002 movie “Catch Me If You Can.”
Banks’ goof also apparently led to a minor skirmish with Shari Belafonte, who was attending the awards ceremony and appeared to be snubbed by Banks.
Here’s what Banks had to say about the whole affair in her apology, posted Thursday on Twitter …