Reese Witherspoon was honored at the American Cinematheque Awards at the annual gala. In her acceptance speech, the Oscar-winning actress and producer spoke out forcefully for women in Hollywood; photos and video are going viral and you can see them right here.
The 39-year-old Oscar-winning actress and producer turned her childhood stardom into a truly trailblazing and honorable career. It’s one thing to survive the transition from child star to adult star, and yet another to make an indelible mark on Hollywood. Reese Witherspoon who first rose to A-list stardom with ‘Legally Blond’ in the early 200s was not content to remain another blond ingenue and she has made a mark both on screen as well as with her production company, American Standard with such notable movies as ‘Wild’ and ‘Hot Pursuit’ in which she was also the star as well as David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl,’ to name but a few.
Inside at the American Cinematheque awards ceremony, held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, she was honored for her groundbreaking years in Hollywood. Also honored that night was Jeffrey Katzenberg, head of DreamWorks Animation. While lifetime achievement tributes may be gratifying and appropriate, so too, are tributes that come in the midst of one’s career. Such is the case with this prestigious mid-career award.
As Deadline Hollywood reports, she is among very few women who have been so honored; her predecessors are Bette Midler, Jodie Foster, Nicole Kidman, and Julia Roberts.
In her acceptance speech, Witherspoon said in part, “Women make up 50% of the population and we should be playing 50% of the roles on the screen. We need more female surgeons, Supreme Court justices, and soldiers — but on screen. Not just as the girlfriends to famous men.”
That’s not to say Reese Witherspoon didn’t dazzle on the red carpet with her two children in tow, her son Deacon, and her lookalike 16-year-old daughter Ava Phillipp. Yes, as photos below reveal she wore a stunning black floor-length Dolce & Gabbana with a flattering bardot neckline. But if there were ever a female star whose career and legacy is most begging for the social media #AskHerMore campaign that challenges the media to ask women in Hollywood about something more than who designed their dresses, it’s surely meant for her.
See Reese Witherspoon’s red carpet photos and video below!
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