Reese Witherspoon honored by children Deacon and Ava Phillippe before receiving the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award

Reese Witherspoon’s children Deacon Phillippe, 16, and Ava Phillippe, 20, paid tribute to their mother before presenting the Sherry Lansing Leadership Awards at the Women in Entertainment Breakfast Gala of the Hollywood Reporter. The children and their mother posed on the red carpet, with Reese’s husband Jim Toth (the children are from Reese’s marriage to Ryan Phillippe) and were magnificent. Named after former studio chief and forerunner Sherry Lansing, the award goes to women who love his namesake, who are paving the way for women in the industry. Sherry Lansing was the first woman to run a film studio, and Paramount’s best years were under her leadership.

Ava was thrilled that her mother was selected to be this year’s recipient and left a sweet congratulatory message to Reese on her official Instagram account. Many in the audience were amazed at how much Ava looks like her Oscar-winning mother, many saying that they look more like sisters than mother and daughter.

Ava shared the following message with her message.

“Major congratulations to my mom, who received an award today for her leadership in the industry she is so keen to improve. I am so thankful to have such a thoughtful, passionate and courageous mom, and I am happy that others can recognize how special she is! ???? ”

Reese also shared a message about the Sherry Lansing Award presentation.

“What an inspiring morning! ☀️ To be in a room filled with so many passionate and talented women in our company was truly an honor and a thrill! I will never forget the speeches of @staceyabrams @ronanfarrow and @oliviawilde which made me want to work even more to make our company a more inclusive and representative place. I am humbled by all the stories I have heard. And I’m so excited for the future of the next generation of change makers in this world !! Thank you @hollywoodreporter for the Sherry Lansing Leadership award… it’s an incredible honor! ???? ”

You can see a slideshow of photos that Reese shared, including a photo of herself with Sherry Lansing below.

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