Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and film producer and executive Amy Pascal will be honored at The Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 Women in Entertainment breakfast, the publication announced Thursday. The star-studded gala will take place Dec. 6 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.
Actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie, recently in the news as one of disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s sex scandal targets, will deliver the keynote speech at the event, where $1 million in university scholarships will be given to young women from disadvantaged backgrounds who have taken part in THR’s eight-year- old Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program.
Lawrence will become the youngest person to receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, given annually to a woman who has been a pioneer and philanthropic leader in her industry. Last year, Lawrence donated $2 million to establish the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Kosair Children’s Hospital in her hometown, of Louisville, Kentucky. She recently joined the board of Represent.Us, a grassroots anti-corruption campaign.
Previous recipients of the Sherry Lansing Award include Barbra Streisand, Shonda Rhimes, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Halle Berry, Jodie Foster, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters and, most recently, Tina Fey.
Pascal will be presented with the second annual Equity in Entertainment Award, given to an individual in the showbiz community who has proved committed to providing opportunities for women and people of color. Pascal follows writer- producer Ryan Murphy, last year’s recipient.
The former chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment is also the producer of such movies as “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
“Both Jennifer and Amy perfectly embody the driving force behind THR’s Women in Entertainment initiative,” said Matthew Belloni, THR’s editorial director. “They continue to use their voices and their talent to create opportunities for women in the industry, and I can’t think of two more deserving individuals to honor.”
The Women in Entertainment breakfast, sponsored by Lifetime and Loyola Marymount University in partnership with the Entertainment Industry Foundation, coincides with the publication of THR’s annual “Women in Entertainment: Power 100” feature.
–City News Service