Charlize Theron was “deeply overwhelmed” as she collected the prestigious American Cinematheque Award in Los Angeles on Friday (November 8, 2019).
The 44-year-old actress, producer and humanitarian was selected by the non-profit arts organization for her efforts as an “extraordinary filmmaker in the entertainment industry”.
After collecting the accolade, the Atomic Blonde star told Entertainment Tonight how meaningful it is to be recognized for her hard work.
“The job is such a gift. The fact that I get to do this,” she shared. “Things like tonight really makes you reflect on the journey and how you got here and everything that you’ve experienced and fought for.
“The amount of hard work that you put into it, but also the generosity of so many lovely people, and I feel really overwhelmed.”
The Long Shot actress continued: “I feel deeply overwhelmed by all of it. And I’m just trying not to mess my makeup up too soon. I want to at least look pretty for a little bit before I start ugly crying.”
During the tribute, Bombshell director Jay Roach, Seth MacFarlane, David Oyelowo, Kristen Stewart, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Seth Rogen took the stage to toast the actress.
Tom Hanks, Patty Jenkins and Theron’s Bombshell co-stars, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie, also shared tributes via video.