Jennifer Lawrence honored in Hollywood

The Hollywood Reporter hosted its 26th annual Women in Entertainment breakfast honoring Jennifer Lawrence with theSherry Lansing Leadership Award.

The event – held at Milk Studios in Los Angeles – was presented by Lifetime, and coincides with the publication of The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power 100 Women in Entertainment list.

Lawrence, who joins a long line of distinguished women in the industry who have received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award urged everyone to support communities ‘marginalized by the status quo.’

“Every day, we wake up to a myriad of headlines that deeply impact us, from around the globe,” said Lawrence. “We hear about the statistics that women work as much as men, if not more. We hear about the wage gap, which globally still remains at women making 77% of what men make. We must align with the plight of the diverse communities .”

Sherry Lansing presented Lawrence with the award that carries her name, which recognizes female pioneers and leaders in her industry. Previous recipients include Tina Fey, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Dame Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Halle Berry, Jodie Foster and Barbara Walters. Two previous recipients, Glenn Close and Shonda Rhimes, were in attendance.

Angelina Jolie was also on hand to deliver the keynote speech while Justin Timberlake and surprise guest Gal Gadot presented university scholarships to schoolgirls currently taking part in The Hollywood Reporter’s storied Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program, now in its eighth year. Each of the 18 girls in the program was awarded a $10,000 scholarship provided by Entertainment Industry Foundation and Lifetime to attend the university of their choice. Four girls also received full-ride scholarships, each worth more than $250,000, to attend Loyola Marymount University; one was provided by entrepreneur, inventor and Shark Tank regular Lori Greiner, with two others provided by the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation.

Since the program’s inception in 2009, The Hollywood Reporter has raised nearly $5 million in scholarships for the high school girls from underprivileged communities who have participated in the program. Mentors in the program have included such high-powered executives as NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, Fox Television Group chairman/CEO Dana Walden, Paramount Pictures president of worldwide distribution and marketing Megan Colligan, and Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley.

Guests in attendance included Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Niecy Nash, Olivia Munn,  Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Zoey Deutch and Yara Shahidi.

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