American Cinemateque Awards 2015: Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara …

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Reese Witherspoon Gets Emotional: Tears Up Talking About Her Husband and Three Kids.

Sofia Vergara joked Reese Witherspoon has “the biggest butt of any white woman in Hollywood” as she paid tribute to her former co-star at the American Cinematheque Awards on Friday night (30Oct15). In a recent interview, the 39-year-old actress said that her husband is her biggest fan and is her greatest champion and added that without him she would not have done anything, E!The Oscar-winning actress, 39, who was honored with this year’s American Cinematheque Award, stunned in a black Dolce & Gabbana dress alongside Phillippe, 16, a spitting image of her mom aside from her pink pastel hair, who wore a green dress. “I was pretty stunned when they asked me, because I feel like I haven’t had a lifetime of achievements,” the Legally Blonde star told Us Weekly of being honored at the event, sponsored by Fiji Water. “I’ve had half of a life of achievements. Hot Pursuit told the story of Reese’s policewoman character and her attempts to transport Sofia’s character safely to court to testify against a renowned criminal. Revealing she nicknamed petite Reese “My Little Pony”, Sofia added she was touched by the actress’ attempts to speak in Spanish when the pair promoted Hot Pursuit among the Hispanic media. “She was so gracious that she even spoke in Spanish on live TV with a very weird accent but at least she was trying,” Sofia told the audience. “It was embarrassing to me.” The 36-year-old actress grew up alongside Reese as a competitor in Hollywood.

It’s really important to talk about women in film and how important it is to see women playing leads in movies.” The mother of three — who shares Ava and son Deacon, 12, with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, as well as son Tennessee, 2, with husband Jim Toth — also gushed about her family being there with her. “It’s great,” the blonde beauty said. “They’ve never really seen me in very many films, so it should be interesting. The pair soon became close friends when Kate was just 11, but the actress admits the rivalry has always formed part of her connection with Reese. “I can’t even tell you the number of times I’d call my agent and I ‘d say, ‘What happened with that audition?’ and he’d be like, ‘Well, it’s between you and Reese,'” Kate said. “And the other thing that I always heard was, ‘Well, Reese has the offer, but if she passes it may come to you.’ So that’s been my life!”

The actress was grateful and emotional upon accepting the mid-career award at the ceremony, which acknowledged her producing credits on films such as Gone Girl and Wild, in addition her numerous comedic and dramatic roles. “Some days I still can’t believe that I get to do this, that I get to be a storyteller in this world,” she said. “It is the greatest privilege of my life.” Matthew McConaughey, who co-starred with her in Mud and was last year’s recipient, presented Witherspoon with the award. “When I accepted my Cinematheque Award last year I called what we do a magic trick,” McConaughey said. “I said what we do is we [play make believe], and when we do it well we make people believe. From when I first saw you on screen, I’ve been and still am a believer.” Other presenters included Jennifer Aniston, Alexander Payne, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, T Bone Burnett, Bruna Papandrea, Jean-Marc Vallée, and Sofia Vergara. Video messages from Chris Pine and Robert Downey Jr. were also played, and Kenny Chesney performed his song, “Wild Child.” A big theme throughout the night was Witherspoon’s fervor for feminism. That shone most brightly when she discussed Pacific Standard Films, the production company she founded with Papandrea with the intention of creating more leading parts for women. “Women are 50 percent of the population, so we should be 50 percent of the roles on screen,” she said. “We need to see more female surgeons, astronauts, soldiers, supreme court justices on screen, not just mothers and girlfriends of famous men.” Earlier in the evening, DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg was also honored, receiving the first annual Sid Grauman Award for his major contributions to the film industry. The award is named after the founder of the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater, in addition to Los Angeles’ Chinese and Million Dollar Theatres.

In his speech, Katzenberg took the award’s namesake to heart and he spoke to the undeniable appeal of seeing movies in theaters. “Life’s distractions are sealed off outside those four walls as our field of vision becomes filled with the vision of a filmmaker,” he said. “Dramas have more impact, thrillers have more thrills, comedy more funny, and every once in awhile at the end we do something really remarkable — we applaud.

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