A Family Affair: Reese Witherspoon Brings Her Kids Along on the Red Carpet

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A Family Affair: Reese Witherspoon Brings 2 of Her Kids Along on the Red Carpet.

Reese Witherspoon‘s biggest fans flocked to the red carpet to support the Oscar-winner on Friday night as she received the 29th American Cinematheque Award: her kids! The American Cinematheque honored Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon and DreamWorks Animation honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg at the organization’s annual fundraising gala Friday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The brainy blonde was ahead of the gender equality curve, founding her own movie company, Pacific Standard, and developing female-driven projects with partner Bruna Papandrea. Witherspoon told reporters it was “great” to have her family (her own mother was also on hand) along with her for the special honor, and revealed that her kids weren’t necessarily familiar with her work. “They’ve never really seen me in very many films, so it should be interesting,” she told reporters before the ceremony. “I’m actually kind of, I have no idea what to anticipate. Given the New Orleans native’s Type-A personality, it’s no surprise that her company’s first two films, “Wild” (in which she starred) and “Gone Girl,” earned three Oscar nominations — with Witherspoon nabbing one for actress.

With these two films, Witherspoon, an avid reader, solidified the bridge between chick lit and chick films that had already been established by YA super-hits “The Twilight Saga” and “The Hunger Games.” And, like the heroines in these post-feminist movies, Witherspoon wasn’t going to go all damsel-in-distress: if there weren’t enough challenging female roles, she would build them herself. I think they’ll be a little bit stunned.” “I’m really proud of so much,” the star told PEOPLE of her career. “Just the diversity the characters I’ve played.

Jackson. “This whole experience is just overwhelming and unbelievable because I’m really just a girl from Nashville who had a dream,” Witherspoon said. “I grew up on backlots and on locations. It’s an action that would please Tracy Flick, the overachiever stereotype of a future D.C. player in Alexander Payne’s 1999 classic, “Election.” In this literate, dark comedy about the rough road to student body president as political metaphor, Witherspoon planted the seeds for a thoroughbred career: intelligent, literate, beautiful — and not afraid to bust balls.

It’s preserved forever.” She also spoke about her passion at this stage in her career for producing films that are equally representative of the sexes. “Women make up 50 percent of the population and we should be playing 50 percent of the roles on the screen,” she said. “We need more female surgeons, supreme court justices and soldiers — but on screen. Not just as the girlfriends to famous men.” In addition to her award-winning work in front of the camera, she has taken bold strides spearheading projects like her own starring vehicle “Wild” and David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” last year, as well as the comedy “Hot Pursuit” with Sofia Vergara and the upcoming television series “Big Little Lies” with Nicole Kidman. McConaughey, who returned the favor after Witherspoon presented the same honor to him last year, noted her “powerful femininity” and recalled, “I remember thinking when I first met her, ‘This woman is nobody’s fool and if she wants something she makes a straight line to it.’” Jennifer Aniston marveled at the naturalism of Witherspoon’s on-screen kisses; director Alexander Payne bristled at the notion that he put the actress on the map with 1999’s “Election” and recounted how Barack Obama called the film his favorite movie about politics; Kate Hudson — who called Witherspoon “a true, modern-day feminist” — remembered witnessing the actress work the premiere after-party of 1991’s “The Man in the Moon” at 15 years old “like a seasoned politician,” and consistently being up for the same parts later in their careers; and Jennifer Garner spoke about a shared passion for NGO Save the Children. Earlier in the evening, Katzenberg — himself a co-chair of the benefit — received the inaugural Sid Grauman Award, for an individual who has made a significant contribution to the industry in the advancement of theatrical exhibition. The honor is the latest in a recent string of career achievement prizes for Katzenberg, including the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films’ Visionary Award in 2009, CinemaCon’s Will Rogers Pioneer of the Year Award in 2012 and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2013.

She nabbed an actress Oscar (he got an actor nom) as a Southern singer etching out a career in a chokingly male-dominated business while married to a musical genius who also happens to be substance abuser. Katzenberg spoke about the significance of a prize bearing Grauman’s name because he has always been enamored by the founding fathers of the film industry, who “took a dusty town in a far corner of the country and, in a very few short years, transformed it into the place everyone wanted to be a part of.” “In the last decade I’ve listened to pontificators pontificate that the movie-going experience is going to imminently disappear,” he said. “In the ’50s, television was going to kill movies.

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