Actress Cate Blanchett helped to honor Hugh Jackman’s wife Deborra-Lee Furness for her charity work on Friday (10Mar17) at the United Nations Women for Peace Association’s annual awards.
Furness was feted with the Leadership Award for her work with Hopeland, the children’s organization she co-founded, and
Cate was on hand at the New York luncheon to celebrate her friend’s achievements.
In her introduction speech, the Carol star called the mother-of-two “a brilliant strategist, a natural bringer-together of people and ideas, a problem solver, a doer and the most indefatigable optimist I’ve ever met.”
Jackman, who is currently busy promoting his new X-Men movie spin-off Logan, was unable to attend the event in person, but cheered on his wife via Skype, according to the New York Post.
Hamilton creator and former star Lin-Manuel Miranda was also honored with the Philanthropy Award, which was accepted on his behalf by his mother, Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda, while Will & Grace star Debra Messing presented veteran model and actress Dayle Haddon with the Humanitarian Award.
The U.N. Women for Peace Association awards luncheon recognizes those who have worked to help better women’s lives across the globe.