The actress has been keeping a low profile since giving birth to her daughter Olive last month (Sep12), but she stepped back into the public eye this weekend when she and her husband Will Kopelman stopped by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for its annual party.
The couple mingled with fellow guests including Barrymore's Charlie's Angels co-star and best pal Cameron Diaz, and Jennifer Aniston and her fiance Justin Theroux, as Kubrick and pop artist Ed Ruscha were honoured at the event, which was co-chaired by Leonardo DiCaprio and featured a performance by British singer Florence Welch.
Will Ferrell, Jeremy Renner, Salma Hayek, Robert Pattinson and Evan Rachel Wood were also in attendance at the bash.
Hollywood stars Jane Lynch, John Krasinski and Kristen Chenoweth, and singer Jason Mraz helped honour the funnywoman as she became the 15th recipient of the accolade at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
DeGeneres told reporters on the red carpet she was thrilled with the prize, insisting, "I'm flattered. It's fantastic. Of course I think, 'What took so long?' You don't do it for awards, you do it to make people happy."
Her wife Portia de Rossi, who also attended the event, gushed, "I am very, very proud of Ellen. She's not only the funniest person I know, but she's such a good person."
Additional former trophy holders include Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels, and Whoopi Goldberg.
The Rain Man legend was the subject of a Life in Pictures retrospective in London, and he became teary as he recalled struggling through his own marriage breakdown while considering a role in the 1979 divorce drama Kramer vs. Kramer.
He told the audience, "I was getting divorced (from first wife Anne Byrne), I'd been partying with drugs and it depleted me in every way."
Hoffman almost refused to meet producer Stanley Jaffe and director/writer Bob Benton because he didn't like the script - and he only joined the cast after it was rewritten.
He adds, "We finished and I got offered a writing credit and stupidly turned it down, but it was a liberating experience for me to push all the stuff I was going through out there."
The 75 year old was moved to tears once again when he later began discussing the movie's child star Justin Henry, who landed the part with no acting experience.
Hoffman explains, "I later discovered he was coming from a home that was breaking up. There was a moment during a break in the testing when I thought, this is the right kid, he's my son."
However, the mood of the evening lightened as Hoffman spoke about his 1982 cross-dressing comedy Tootsie, in which he played an unemployed actor who auditions as a woman to land a role in a soap opera.
Hoffman recalled meeting Jon Voight in a restaurant and tricking his Midnight Cowboy co-star while he was in character: "I went over to him as Dorothy and had an entire conversation about how much I liked his work and managed to fool him."
Previous honourees of the BAFTA Life In Pictures event include Will Ferrell, Kenneth Branagh, Charlize Theron and Colin Firth.
Apatow, who is responsible for bringing comedies Superbad, Knocked Up, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy to the big screen, will be feted with the Creative Leadership Award at the Hollywood's New Leaders event on 29 October (12).
The filmmaker was selected for his success at boosting the careers of some of this generation's biggest stars, including funnymen Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and Will Ferrell.
Event executive Brian Gott says, "It's no exaggeration to say that Judd's brand of comedy has been groundbreaking. His unique approach, R-rated bravado and eye for up-and-coming talents has changed the tone and tempo of film comedies."
The actors played rival politicians in The Campaign, and Ferrell reveals he and Galifianakis became quite close by the time they finished shooting the satirical film, and even handed each other parting gifts.
But the Elf star admits his present was not the genuine article, telling Britain's The Sun, "Zach told me how he had written to Bill Cosby as a kid but he never wrote back. So I got Bill Cosby's book and a headshot and forged his signature.
"I signed it, 'Better late than never - The Cos.'"
Ferrell softened the blow by tracking down a real signed book for his pal, who was thrilled with the token - but sad to wrap their collaboration.
Galifianakis adds, "I wrote an email to Will in a coffee shop in New Orleans to tell him it was the best job I had ever had. I was crying when I wrote it. It was the best work experience I have ever had for sure."
Actors Will Ferrell, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, LMAO's Redfoo, supermodel Tyra Banks and actress Minka Kelly were all in the audience at the U.S. Open Women's Final between Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams. Williams won the title 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.
The movie sequel, co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Jason Statham, forced Jeremy Renner's The Bourne Legacy to slip to number two with a second week take of $17 million (£10.6 million), but The Expendables 2's haul was no match for the original, which had opened with $34.8 million (£21.75 million) in 2010.
Animated adventure ParaNorman debuted at three, while Whitney Houston's final film, movie musical Sparkle, raked in $12 million (£7.5 million) to enter at five, just behind Will Ferrell comedy The Campaign.
"I used to have an afro like Will Ferrell in Semi-Pro. It was bleached blond from the sun. I was tall and awkward. I was not cool." Movie hunk Liam Hemsworth offers up revelations about his style-challenged past.
The Old School star was game for the X-rated porn spoof Big Dick, Little Chicks and agreed to be the 'big dick' and bully the fluffy baby birds.
He joked, "My friends tell me I'm a pretty good dick sometimes," before the box of chicks was placed on his lap.
Ferrell said, "Hey, go f**k yourselves," and added, "You guys look soft; that's good because I'm gonna wipe my butt with you."
The actor then flipped the chicks his own bird and held up a photo of a chicken, stating, "Hey, check it out guys, it's a picture of your mum..." He then started kissing the photo suggestively.
Ferrell ended the cruel skit by offering the babies a chicken nugget.