The Thelma & Louise star received a lifetime achievement prize at the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and when she took to the stage, she used her acceptance speech to remember her friend Ephron, who died of cancer last month (Jun12).
Sarandon struggled to fight back tears as she told the audience, "I dedicate this to Nora Ephron. My friend and a wonderful director and writer."
The moving speech won her a standing ovation.
British actress Dame Helen Mirren received an award at the festival last week (ends08Jul12) and she also paid tribute to the Sleepless in Seattle moviemaker, urging more female directors to follow in Ephron's footsteps.
The Thelma & Louise icon received the Trevor Project's Hero Award from actor Stanley Tucci in recognition of her support for the suicide prevention organisation at a star-studded gala on Monday (25Jun12).
Speaking at the event, Sarandon told students who have been teased over the Internet to ignore their tormentors, insisting bullies are usually "losers".
She says, "Usually the people that have time to go online and sit there and be negative are such losers. But, of course, you can't understand that when you're a kid."
Sarandon went on to admit she has never logged online to read critics' reviews of her performances, insisting she has no idea how to switch on a computer.
She tells the New York Post gossip column Page Six, "I wouldn't even know how to Google myself. I don't know how to touch a computer. I don't want to know. Even stuff that's really good shouldn't get stuck in your head, because it's not real."
Stanley Tucci will present the Thelma & Louise icon with the Trevor Project's Hero Award at a star-studded gala in New York on Monday (25Jun12), in recognition of her support for the cause.
Sarandon says, "It is truly an honour to be recognised by The Trevor Project as a Trevor Hero. All people deserve respect, and young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender deserve to know that there are people who care for them and who are fighting to make this world a better and more accepting place for them."
Previous recipients of the award include Lady Gaga and Daniel Radcliffe.
The Thelma & Louise star is a longtime campaigner for gender equality and even founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to encourage positive portrayals of women.
Now she has been unveiled as the new spokesperson for the U.N.'s Tech Needs Girls campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the role technology can play in empowering women.
She says in a statement, "This role will enable me to take the work I'm doing to a much bigger scale globally, through developing and consulting on strategies to advance gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women...
"It's incredibly important to get more women and girls connected to technology."
Jack Osbourne and his fiancee, Lisa Stelly, welcomed daughter Pearl on Tuesday (24Apr12) and Sharon can't stop gushing about her first grandchild.
Appearing on her U.S. daytime show The Talk on Wednesday (25Apr12), she said, "Lisa gave birth to baby Pearl, a beautiful little girl... Healthy and gorgeous and it's like a new life... there's nothing like it, nothing like to witness it (sic). It's just an amazing event... Everybody cried, laughed, everything...
"You go through every emotion, you go through, joy, and you know, you thank God that everybody's healthy and happy. You realise how happy you are, how lucky. It's like life has gone full circle in our family."
Sharon reveals her husband Ozzy Osbourne was waiting outside the delivery room to hear the good news - and he was a nervous wreck.
When asked about how the veteran rocker handled the birth, the reality show star joked, "That's for episode two! It's a whole 'nother show itself of what was going on outside the room (with Ozzy)."
The Black Sabbath frontman has plenty of experience as a grandfather - he has five grandkids by his two children from his first marriage to Thelma Riley.
The Thelma & Louise star became convinced she was under surveillance after seeing a file obtained through Freedom of Information requests and fears this was the reason she was denied a security clearance for a recent visit to The White House.
Sarandon made the revelation during a question and answer session at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on Sunday (22Apr12), telling the audience, "We're under surveillance. I've had my phone tapped. I was denied a security clearance to go to the White House and I don't know why."
The actress has been a supporter of human right campaigns and liberal causes for over three decades, and was a vocal opponent of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
She also addressed protesters during the Occupy Wall Street campaign earlier this year (12).
The Thelma & Louise star has been elected to chair the non-partisan agency, which promotes equality and advises politicians on issues affecting women in the state.
In a statement to The Sacramento Bee, Davis says, "I am honored to lead the critical work of the Commission to improve the lives of all women and girls in California. It's not just an issue of gender equality; it's also an economic issue. Addressing inequalities is good not only for women, but also for California as a whole."
Gender equality is a cause close to the actress' heart - she founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to encourage positive portrayal of women.
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The actor drove to the town from upstate New York at the weekend (03-04Mar12) ahead of a ceremony at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Monday (05Mar12), when he was honoured with the Coolidge Award for his contribution to cinema.
To mark the occasion, theatre bosses hosted a screening of all three Lord of the Rings films at the theatre on Sunday (04Feb12), and Mortensen stunned the audience by making an unscheduled appearance to introduce the third installment.
The actor even serenaded the crowd with a song he performs in the film, according to the Boston Herald.
He told reporters at a press conference to mark the award, "There are people who have seen all three of the movies, the extended versions, three and a half hours each, and some of them are in costume. They're all very knowledgeable and have seen the movie many times. Seeing those people when I walked in was amazing."
The Coolidge Award is handed to artists who have advanced "the spirit of original and challenging cinema" and previous winners include Meryl Streep and Martin Scorsese's longtime film editor Thelma Schoonmaker.
The actress, who played a cheerleader in sci-fi show Heroes, will swap her pom-poms for a microphone for her lead role in the upcoming drama set in the Nashville, Tennessee music scene.
Panettiere's character Juliette Barnes will be forced to tour with a fading veteran singer in order to revive her flagging career.
Confirming the news in a Twitter.com post, Panettiere writes, "I'm thrilled to announce I'm doing the new ABC show Nashville! I can't express how humbled and thrilled I am to be a part of this!"
Jonathan Jackson has also been cast in Nashville, written by Thelma & Louise screenwriter Callie Khouri.