Her past co-stars, directors, producers and friends took the stage on Friday to speak about Witherspoon’s varied acting career, talent, selfless nature and other accomplishments, reports hollywoodreporter.com.
“This whole experience is just overwhelming and unbelievable because I’m literally just a girl from Nashville who had a big dream,” said Witherspoon when she took the stage to accept her award.
The 39-year-old was praised for her work both in front of and behind the camera. Among the many people to take the stage to share memories of their friend and colleague were Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Alexander Payne, T Bone Burnett and Laura Dern.
“I really thought if I worked hard and did my very, very best, one day I could get Matthew McConaughey to come on a big public stage and say really nice things about me,” the “Wild” star said.
McConaughey, who starred with Witherspoon in “Mud”, was the final presenter of the night, giving Witherspoon her award.
“The roles you were the most passionate about are the ones that resonate the most today,” said McConaughey of Witherspoon pointing towards her work in “Legally Blonde”, “Election”, “Wild” and Walk the Line”.