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The Hollywood Reporter hosted an annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast in honor of Jennifer Aniston and Selma Blair

Hollywood journalist (THR) held their annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast last week, honoring Jennifer Aniston with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award and Selma Blair with the Equity in Entertainment Award. The event coincided with the release of The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power 100 Women in Entertainment list and celebrated the accomplishments of Hollywood entertainment leaders and change-makers.

The event, presented by Lifetime, took place at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Steve Carell presented Aniston with the Sherry Lansing Award and gave a heartfelt and funny speech, joking: “She is more talented, nicer and more generous than any of us here today… She cares deeply. others. She sets the example. And she makes the difference. Aniston received this award because of his immeasurable contributions to the entertainment industry and his philanthropic work with organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Stand Up To Cancer, and Feeding America. She joins a legendary group of previous winners including Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Viola Davis, Barbra Streisand, Jodie Foster and Barbara Walters.

In her acceptance speech, Aniston said, “I got into this business mainly because I wanted to make people laugh… but somewhere along the way, my motivation to be an actor, performer, producer and storyteller fell apart. deepened because I deepened as a person the idea of ​​making some kind of contribution came to me. I realized that what we can do as storytellers can be emotional healing for people. I think the stories also help us shine a light on cultural illnesses, like sexual harassment, racial discrimination, and gender bias in the workplace. Stories can also give us a well-deserved laugh after doing all that heavy work, so I’m glad I can be kind of a vitamin for people every now and then.

Golden Globe-winning actress Michelle Pfeiffer presented Selma Blair with the Equity in Entertainment Award, which recognizes those who are committed to including under-represented communities, including people with disabilities, in the entertainment industry. entertainment. Blair’s transparency through her multiple sclerosis diagnosis and her commitment to increasing opportunities for people with disabilities onscreen has made her a change agent for the betterment of the industry. Pfeiffer delivered a touching speech, declaring “[Selma] is completely transparent with challenges and grief [of multiple sclerosis] and talks about his struggle and his successes like a poet. She brings a depth of compassion that inspires us all and is an indispensable example of how social media can and should be used. As a tool for connection, inspiration and healing. Previous recipients include change makers and visionaries such as Ronan Farrow, Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, and Amy Pascal.

Blair’s inspirational speech moved the audience to tears. She said, “My story is just one of many. Disability is not a distant monolith. It is an insoluble part of our common humanity. Everyone in this room knows the power of entertainment to create a sense of community. And it is our responsibility, all of us in this room, to do so. By creating more inclusive content, by telling stories that represent and include us all more authentically, by being allies in our workspace by raising the bar for accessibility standards, by living and working in the intersectionality of our collective human experience, we become worthy of the enormous access and influence we have.

Jennifer Garner led a scholarship presentation under THR’s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program, with support from Halle Bailey, Tessa Thompson and Kelsea Ballerini. Garner presented a full scholarship to Loyola Marymount University underwritten by Sony Pictures Entertainment to student Ailani Anglin. As a special surprise, Bailey presented new Apple MacBook Air laptops to each mentee generously provided by the Edie Wasserman Women in Hollywood Fund. Through the Wasserman Foundation, Casey Wasserman established the Fund to support tenacious and promising young business and creative women in their studies and careers. “Ted Lasso” stars Hannah Waddingham and Toheeb Jimoh also joined Bailey to help distribute the laptops.

Tessa Thompson presented a scholarship to Chapman University underwritten by the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation to Kennedy High School student Ashly Galvan Perez. Inspired by the program, Thompson dared the audience, noting, “I want to challenge every studio, network and agency in this room to step up and support these girls. Because someday these girls will be on the Hollywood Reporter Power 100 Women in Entertainment list for the work they do for you.

Kelsea Ballerini opened her presentations with a bold pun, saying, “You know I can’t think of anything better than a morning sipping a strong cup of coffee in a room full of even stronger women. . ” She presented a Chapman University scholarship underwritten by Spotify to El Segundo High School student Taya Good-Smith, highlighting her own experiences in the music industry and the importance of mentorship along the way.
In total, the women awarded nearly $ 1 million in scholarships. The program, which is a joint venture between THR and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, pairs the best and brightest high school girls from underserved communities in the Los Angeles area with top female executives, lawyers and agents. Over 200 girls and 200 mentors have participated in the program, with mentees attending universities such as Harvard, UC Berkeley and UCLA, supported by $ 10 million in scholarships raised by THR.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the New York Times Magazine and creator of Project 1619, Nikole Hannah-Jones delivered a keynote address, which echoed the importance of safety and fairness for women in the industry. entertainment and beyond as well as democracy.

Molly Shannon, alumnus of “Saturday Night Live” and star of “The White Lotus,” kicked off the program with a humorous opening that elicited a laugh among the attendees. “Ladies, it’s time to admit that… men have a point of view too that deserves to be heard. They can play the same roles as women. Like, Matt LeBlanc here can wear a bikini and wash a car, right, Matt? Steve Carell can hold a card with a number between rounds during a boxing match.

Guests in attendance included Alana Haim, Alexandra Daddario, Alexandra Shipp, Amanda Anka, Ariana DeBose, Ashley Park, Amber Riley, Camila Alves McConaughey, Candice Patton, Chris Nee, Connie Britton, Courtney A. Kemp, Dominique Fishback, Elaine Welteroth, Eva Marcille, Fortune Feimster, Gloria Calderon Kellett, Halle Bailey, Hannah Waddingham, Jane Levy, Jenna Dewan, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Morrison, Jillian Mercado, Kathy Hilton, Kelsea Ballerini, Kristin Hahn, Laura Harrier, Laura Marano, Loni Love , Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maggie Q, Maria Bakalova, Maria Sharapova, Marlee Matlin, Monique Coleman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Molly Shannon, Nicole Sperling, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Rachel Brosnahan, Rebecca Hall, Ron Frierson, Ruth Negga, Sarah Shahi, Selma Blair , Sherry Lansing, Simone Ashley, Steve Carell, Susan Kelechi Watson, Terry Crews, Tessa Thompson, Tia Mowry and Toheeb Jimoh.

Sponsored by (in this order): Cadillac, FIJI Water, Amazon ads, FALLINGAFTRA, eOne and Gersh; and in partnership with Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.