Reese Witherspoon celebrated as creative feminist artist at American …

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

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.

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! Joined by her children with ex Ryan Phillippe – Ava, 16, and Deacon Phillippe, 12 – Witherspoon was all smiles as she posed with her attractive brood and husband Jim Toth at Los Angeles’ Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. He never sleeps—I just want to thank you for all the times you had to say goodbye to your mom while she packed to go on a location or for missing your school trips or special days because you were on some location in some far flung area in Georgia or Louisiana or London or wherever and for understanding that I love my job, that it feeds my soul to be creative and how I hope one day it may feed your soul too and that you’ll teach your children to be hardworking and creative and for knowing in your heart that no matter where I am in the world you are always with me,” she said. “I love you more than you will ever know.” Wiping away her tears, the Walk the Line star said, ” You can’t be in this business if you don’t have a wonderful supportive family and I have the most amazing family.” Sofía Vergara revealed that she calls her pint-sized Hot Pursuit co-star, “My Little Pony,” and also recalled promoting their comedy with Hispanic media outlets. “She was so gracious that she even spoke in Spanish on live TV with a very weird accent but at least she was trying,” Vergara cracked. “It was embarrassing to me.” The Modern Family star continued, “She has the best skin and the biggest butt of any white woman in Hollywood. 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. You know, it’s true—you have said it to me, too!” “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,'” she said with mock frustration. “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.” Other presenters included Matthew McConaughey, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, music producer T Bone Burnett, Witherspoon’s producing partner Bruna Papandrea and Wild director Jean-Marc Vallee.

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. 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. My characters are like my friends.” “I actually think it’s kind of great right now because we’re talking about women in politics and how important that is to get more women,” the Wild star told Rachel Zoe on Thursday, Oct. 22. “And I think it’d be kind of a cool thing to have Elle Woods be a Supreme Court Justice or somebody who runs for office, like president.”

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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