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32 SAG-AFTRA | Spring 2018 | Patron of the Artists Awards Honors Visionary Industry Leaders Pictured from left, honorees Judd Apatow, Kate Winslet, Kathryn Bigelow, Ted Sarandos and Lionel Richie A mid the many awards season celebrations offering accolades to the year's top triumphs in film and television, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation turned the spotlight of achievement on artists and industry trailblazers who are leading change through groundbreaking innovation and humanitarian efforts. On Nov. 9, Foundation President JoBeth Williams and Executive Director Cyd Wilson opened the second annual Patron of the Artists Awards Gala at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills by hitting back hard against the current climate of harassment, disinformation, discrimination and defunding. They offered praise for the change-makers who continue to transform Hollywood and the world. Patron of the Artists Awards honorees included writer-director- producer Judd Apatow, Academy Award-winning writer-director Kathryn Bigelow, and Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. The Foundation felt these luminaries exemplified visionary leadership within the industry for providing countless artists with opportunities, both creatively and professionally, by continuing to break down antiquated systemic barriers and uplift diversity and visibility on screen. Artists Inspiration Awards were bestowed upon Academy Award- winning actor Kate Winslet and Grammy Award-winning singer- songwriter Lionel Richie for their philanthropic endeavors. Winslet was honored for her off-screen work supporting children with autism, specifically through her Golden Hat Foundation, and Richie for spending the last 40 years dedicating his time and resources to support charities across the globe, including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Muhammad Ali Parkinson MATTWINKELMEYER/GETTY IMAGES FOR SAG-AFTRA FOUNDATION "The people in this room aren't just the best in their fields, they're the people who are reshaping our industry as well as our culture." — JoBeth Williams, Foundation President

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