The Hollywood Reporter gathered some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry Wednesday morning at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the 22nd annual Women in Entertainment breakfast to honor the Power 100 and present Oprah Winfrey with a leadership award named for former Paramount and 20th Century Fox exec Sherry Lansing.
“You conduct your life in a way that has inspired all of us,” Lansing told Winfrey at the packed event, attended by Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal and DreamWorks Studios CEO Stacey Snider, as well as figures in music including Demi Lovato, “Glee” star Naya Rivera, Big Sean, Mandy Moore and Kanye West, who attended with his fiancee Kim Kardashian and her mom, Kris Jenner, and sister, Khloe Kardashian.
Winfrey told the crowd she was overwhelmed to receive an award named after Lansing, whose accomplishments she closely followed as a fledgling radio and television reporter.
“My favorite definition of power is ‘strength over time,’ ” Winfrey told the crowd, saying that Lansing had carved out a phenomenal career in a male-dominated industry and comparing that to her own struggles to make the OWN network successful. The honor, she confessed, “brought great reflections” for her.
Winfrey’s inspirational speech ended with strong words encouraging everyone to use their own power for good works. “How do you use your power to elevate the life of somebody else?” she said.
It was so inspiring watching @oprah accept her award at the 100 Powerful Women Breakfast this morning.. What an icon
— demetria lovato (@ddlovato) December 11, 2013
On the lighter side, Jimmy Kimmel greeted the crowd, describing it as a “sea of perfect blowouts,” and, in a reference to West’s stage-crashing MTV Video Music Awards moment with Taylor Swift, warned the rapper and fashion impresario: “Don’t even try to take Oprah’s award away.”
Attendees also saw a moving video highlighting THR’s Hollywood Mentorship program, produced in cooperation with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles.
The program pairs some of the industry’s leading women with underprivileged high school students, all of whom will also receive $10,000 scholarships to the colleges of their choice. As a special surprise this year, presenter Lovato revealed that two of the mentees were each awarded four-year, full-ride scholarships to Loyola Marymount University — each with a value of $200,000.
The event began with welcoming speeches from The Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min and senior vp and publisher Lynne Segall. (THR and Billboard are part of Prometheus Global Media.) Click over to THR for a full recap and more photos from the Women in Entertainment breakfast.