Thursday, November 5, 2015

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt (Photo: BFA).

Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt Made a Rare New York Appearance Last Night

And Robert DeNiro had a few choice words for a tech world heavyweight


WSJ. Magazine’s Innovator Awards are always packed with big names from seven different sectors of the world: technology, entertainment/film, design, fashion, art, brand and literature. Every year, heavyweights from each category are curated into an intimate dinner and awards presentation at the Museum of Modern Art.


 The woman of the hour, and the cover star of the WSJ. Innovators issue out this weekend, was Angelina Jolie. The actress, producer, and humanitarian sat between husband Brad Pitt and WSJ. Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Kristina O’Neill. Robert DeNiro sat next to Mr. Pitt, and provided Ms. Jolie’s introduction, but not before taking a dig at Mr. Butterfield who had preceded him. “I’m just going to ask one question. Who was the last speaker here? Because I thought you were a little condescending to us actors or celebritites. So I’m going to go on record with you just to say that, and I don’t give a fuck who you are.”

Ms. Jolie accepted her award a bit more graciously. “I feel that to be innovative is to be able to stand alone. To know that people may not always understand or like what you put forward, but if you’re prepared to work hard, if your intention is pure, and if you’re willing to fail, then you sometimes succeed,” she said clutching her innovator award for the Entertainment/Film category.

“My children are innovative, all children are,” she added. “They are pure and bold, and have yet to make themselves smaller or be self-conscious. They are expressing, reaching, learning, and sometimes, often, making a big beautiful mess. Their need to try and play is something we often forget as we grow older. All of us here tonight are being honored because the little kid in us didn’t go away.” Following her powerful speech, she was congratulated with a peck from Mr. Pitt and Mr. DeNiro before carrying on upstairs to view the new Picasso Sculptures exhibit.

Kristina O’Neill, Robert DeNiro (Photo: Getty Images).

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