"This is very, very terrifying," he laughed at the outset of his speech. "I'm only doing this for Uma." Pattinson went on to list the myriad of Thurman's accomplishments and how her dazzling personality has imbued every role with charm, wit and strength. "She's incredibly funny and has a fierce intelligence that always manages to find depth in the characters she plays," he said.
Thurman later took the stage to thunderous applause. "I'm so honored to be honored," she laughed before calling Pattinson, "A real gentleman, on and off the screen."
The actress then talked about life as a new mother in Hollywood. "There are many unexpected benefits of having a newborn when you're working in this business," she said. "Or should I say, there can be an upside to not working. For example, when you're home nursing a new baby [and] wondering if you'll ever work again, you actually get to watch movies -- wait for it -- and enjoy them! You can step back and look at your colleagues and recognize their talent and creativity. It's time really well spent."
Together with presenting sponsors Calvin Klein Collection and L'Oreal Paris, and additional sponsors David Yurman and Lexus, Elle Magazine also presented Women in Hollywood accolades to Cate Blanchett, Octavia Spencer, Kristen Wiig, Emma Watson and Sarah Jessica Parker.