Fonda, stars of 'The Help' honor Hollywood women

By SANDY COHEN | December 7, 2011 | 2:45 PM EST

Actress Jane Fonda, recipient of the 2011 Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, gestures to Lansing on the red carpet at The Hollywood Reporter's 20th annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. The event celebrated the 100 most powerful women in the entertainment industry. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — For the 20th consecutive year, Hollywood's most powerful women broke bread at the Beverly Hills Hotel to celebrate their achievements in entertainment.

Former Paramount Pictures chief Sherry Lansing lauded her friend Jane Fonda on Wednesday for her pioneering work in film, fitness, philanthropy and activism.

Actress Kirsten Dunst and Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal presented a tribute to Laura Ziskin. The late filmmaker and Stand Up To Cancer founder helped raise more than $180 million for research before succumbing to the disease in June.

"The Help" author Kathryn Stockett and stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer saluted Hollywood's future female talents: 12 Los Angeles-area high school juniors who will be mentored by female entertainment executives for the next year.

Chelsea Handler and Kate Bosworth also attended the event.