LOS ANGELES — Jennifer Lawrence fangirled over Wonder Woman, Justin Timberlake got roasted by Angelina Jolie and Sarah Silverman addressed the elephant in the room.
Such highlights abounded at The Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment breakfast, where A-listers and powerful producers gather annually to support each other and award scholarships to underprivileged young women.
As the token male on stage, Timberlake cut a joke. "I'd like to say to all of the women — strong, beautiful souls — I'm happy to be here to be your arm candy," he said to laughter. "Angelina warned me that I was basically only here to be objectified. I said that's absolutely fair."
The fires raging around the city were also top of mind; it was announced honoree Amy Pascal couldn't attend because of area closures.
Silverman dryly addressed the omnipresent topic of sexual harassment in Hollywood when she opened up the breakfast. "I just want to say before I start that I've been asked about my stance on sexual assault in Hollywood," she said from the podium. "And this is as good a time as any to express exactly how I feel on it. (Pause) I'm against it. OK — hello!"
J-Law, Jolie and Timberlake step out to celebrate women
Indeed, the tone seems to have shifted from sharing personal stories, as seen at events of late, to overarching messages of larger solutions while striving for equality and progress.
When Jolie took the stage, she began on a lighter note, riffing that like many, her morning began with typical mom stuff, like overseeing "last-minute homework ... and debating the importance of brushing teeth."
But she ultimately implored those in the room to aid oppressed women around the world tell their stories. "We have a level of freedom that is unimaginable for millions of other women around the world," Jolie said. "Women who live with conflict and terrorism and displacement and poverty. Whose voices are always silenced."
Silverman said she's tired of being the only female comic invited to participate in comedy shows. She knocked down "this toxic drug that's in the air that makes us feel like the success of one woman can only come at the failure of another. It's not true."
Later, while announcing scholarships from the stage, Timberlake was visibly moved by the teary excitement of the gathered 18 young women who had been mentored by Hollywood professionals. Each was given a $10,000 scholarship, and four women were awarded full rides to Loyola Marymount University. "Oh, my God, I've got to have a daughter," he said. "I'm ruined after today."
Then came Gadot, who strode in mid-breakfast surprising with a new Wonder Woman scholarship furnished by Warner Bros. She wiped tears from her eyes after young student Carla Arellano was awarded funds to finish her schooling.
J-Law geeked out over Gadot, just a little. "She truly is Wonder Woman," said the actress on stage. "She came up to me at an awards show and I just went (speechless). She was so gorgeous. I didn't recognize her. I was like who is — what is that?"
Lawrence, who received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, ended the breakfast saying she was determined to use her voice for good, and recited an Elie Wiesel quote.
"It's not easy to speak out," she said. "It's not easy to face criticism on a global scale. But the fact is, I've been given a platform and I feel that if I don't use it, I don't deserve it."
"Let’s be outspoken," said Lawrence. "Let’s be resilient. Let’s all be silence breakers.”