It was not Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Lawrence who received the biggest applause at the annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast at the Hollywood Reporter. She was a freshman college student named Carla Arellano.
The student at Loyola Marymount University received a standing ovation and caused tears in the Hollywood heavyweight room when she accepted a full scholarship from "Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot.
"All I can think about now are all the papers that I have to write for my final," Arellano said, alternately laughing and crying.
The 26th annual Women in Entertainment breakfast celebrating Women's annual Power 100 ranking of the commercial publication in the entertainment business included presentations of $ 1 million in college scholarships for girls from underrepresented communities in Los Angeles.
Arellano was surprised with the gift. Gadot said the aspiring screenwriter would have had to drop out if she had not received the $ 250,000 scholarship funded by Warner Bros.
Arellano thanked her parents and mentors for crying before closing with a quote from Frida Kahlo, who recited in Spanish and English.
"Feet, why do I need you, when I have wings to fly?" she said.
His emotional speech left Gadot and presenter Justin Timberlake with tear-filled eyes, along with guests on the list including Shonda Rhimes, Emmy Rossum, Bryce Dallas Howard and Glenn Close.
"This is perhaps the most moving breakfast" Lansing highlighted Lawrence's support for Planned Parenthood, his openness about the gender pay gap and his recent donation of $ 2 million to establish a cardiac intensive care unit, "said Sherry Lansing for children in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
"I think thanks to Jennifer, young people will see philanthropy and retribution as a natural part of their lives," said Lansing.
Lawrence talked about the welfare of women around the world, saying that women around the world still earn 77 cents for every dollar and that a third of all women experience violence or sexual violence in their lives.
The Oscar winner Women said who spoke out against adversity in entertainment and other industries.
"It is not easy to speak clearly," Lawrence said. "It is not easy to face criticism on a global scale. But the fact is that they gave me a platform, and I think if I do not use it, I do not deserve it. "
The actress was characteristically unprotected in giving her acceptance speech, at one point commenting on how she was holding her she improperly acknowledged and then admitted that she was not sure when to clap when she spoke from the stage.
Jolie, who gave the keynote address, also spoke about the plight of women around the world, imploring guests for breakfast to appreciate what it means to be artists who can express themselves.
"Artistic influences capture the imagination, challenge orthodoxy," Jolie said. "And societies where women's freedom of expression are denied, those societies are modeled without the voice, influence and wisdom of women. That's why I'm so grateful to be part of this community. "
Other speakers included Rhimes on Wednesday, who served as the guest editor for Power 100, and Sarah Silverman, who opened the show at Milk Studios.
Sony executive Amy Pascal received the Equity in Entertainment Award presented by Meryl Streep, but street and highway closures caused by wildfires in Los Angeles prevented the two women from attending.
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