Lady Gaga, HUMANITAS Trustee Shonda Rhimes, Mia Farrow Among Elle Magazine Women in Hollywood Honorees
The girl power list also includes the female cast of 'Black Panther,' Sarah Paulson, Keira Knightley, Yara Shahidi and Charlize Theron.
Lady Gaga, Shonda Rhimes and Mia Farrow are among this year's Elle’s annual Women in Hollywood honorees, announced Wednesday. The fashion magazine will also celebrate Sarah Paulson, Keira Knightley, Yara Shahidi, Charlize Theron and the female cast of Black Panther — Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong'o — at the annual event Monday, Oct. 15, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
For 25 years, the list has lauded "intrepid" and creative women fighting for equal representation on- and offscreen.
Emceed by Mindy Kaling, the female-focused ceremony will also feature remarks from U.S. attorney Anita Hill, speaking about the Hollywood Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality.
Last year's awards fell just days after the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein first went public. At the event, speakers let forth a floodgate of revelations: Reese Witherspoon revealed she had been sexually assaulted, Jennifer Lawrence recalled a humiliating nude lineup in front of a Hollywood producer, Kristen Stewart addressed sexual harassment of below-the-line workers and LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy used her keynote address to propose the industry commission that Hill now heads.
“There has been a major paradigm shift in the entertainment industry since Elle's last Women in Hollywood and this year we are celebrating women who are standing up for what’s right and advocating for change in the industry,” Elle Editor-in- Chief Nina Garcia said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
Gaga, a longtime LGBTQ advocate and newly anointed movie star with A Star Is Born, is outspoken on the topic of sexual assault, herself a survivor. She released the song “'Til it Happens to You” in 2015 for the campus assault documentary The Hunting Ground.
Mia Farrow, mother of reporter Ronan Farrow, who has had multiple stories exposing allegations against high-power figures, has herself been vocal about the #MeToo movement, supporting her daughter Dylan Farrow's sexual abuse claims against father and filmmaker Woody Allen.
Rhimes, for her part as one of television’s most influential women, actively speaks up to encourage young people to vote and supports the the Time’s Up legal defense fund (Elle is making a donation as well). The Grey’s Anatomy creator was honored at THR's Women in Entertainment breakfast in 2014. "I know this isn’t an award because I’m a woman or because I’m African American. I know that it’s really about breaking the glass ceiling that exists in the face of being a woman and being black in this very male, very white town," Rhimes said at the time.
Garcia adds that Hollywood provided a platform for women to publicly support each other in coming forward about sexual assault. “This movement is a result of women banding together and supporting each other,” Garcia tells THR. “The change we have seen over the last year has been incredible but there is so much more to be done. It is important that the voices of actresses and women everywhere are heard and respected — no matter the circumstances.”
Elle has previously recognized Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment, as well as directors Ava DuVernay, Sofia Coppola and Patty Jenkins. In 2017, the Hearst magazine's Power List boasted Gal Gadot, Meryl Streep and Brie Larson.
Additional attendees at Monday's presentation will include Channing Dungey, Sue Kroll, Laverne Cox, Kay Cannon and more. See new photos of the honorees here.