A Family Affair: Reese Witherspoon Brings 2 of Her Kids Along on the Red Carpet

10/31/2015 at 10:40 AM ET

Reese Witherspoon‘s biggest fans flocked to the red carpet to support the Oscar-winner on Friday night as she received the 29th American Cinematheque Award: her kids!

Joined by her children with ex Ryan Phillippe – Ava, 16, and Deacon Phillippe, 12 – Witherspoon was all smiles as she posed with her attractive brood and husband Jim Toth at Los Angeles’ Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.


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The star-studded event, which honored Witherspoon’s lengthy Hollywood career, attracted the likes of Kate Hudson and Jennifer Aniston.

In an off-the-shoulder, form-fitted black dress, the actress beamed while standing with mini-me Ava, who wore green, and a tux-clad Deacon.

The star’s third child, Tennessee, with husband Toth, missed out on the activities, instead, spending the night at home.

Witherspoon told reporters it was “great” to have her family (her own mother was also on hand) along with her for the special honor, and revealed that her kids weren’t necessarily familiar with her work.

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“They’ve never really seen me in very many films, so it should be interesting,” she told reporters before the ceremony. “I’m actually kind of, I have no idea what to anticipate. I know there’s going to be a lot of clips of me as a very young person. I think they’ll be a little bit stunned.”

The presentation included cute anecdotes from her famous friends and former co-stars, along with film clips.

“I’m really proud of so much,” the star told PEOPLE of her career. “Just the diversity the characters I’ve played. They’re important to me. My characters are like my friends. I really honor them and I feel really proud of the work that I’ve done in the last three years. Just creating more roles for other women.”

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Sunny Beam on

Great looking family. I can’t believe how grown up Ava is. She’s a mini-me to Ryan not Reese, in my opinion 🙂

mary on

She looks a lot like Ryan in this pic! There are some pics she looks exactly like Reese, but this pic, all Ryan.

Aisinie on

‘People’ always say the Reese’s daughter is a mini-me while she’ a copy of her father! I think her son looks a lot more like her?

sonata on

Wow, gorgeous family. I’ve watched Reese’s kids in photos through the years, and this is the first time that Ava looks all grown up to me, a very beautiful young woman.

Agree on

I was looking at those pictures too and thought her daughter looks so much like her father and the son looks like Reese. Ava has softer features on her face and is stunningly beautiful!

Anonymous on

Luckily Ava looks like her dad, she is gorgeous! Reese is not that attractive in my opinion…..

paddyjr on

Ava and Reese are both attractive in their own ways, but Ava is definitely Ryan’s daughter! There may be pics where Ava looks more like Reese, but, just going by these pics, if I didn’t know Reese was Ava’s mother, I never would have guessed.

Ann on

Her daughter looks like her and her son actually looks like Jim.

Guest on

Her daughter always looks like a brat in photos.

Nardia on

Ava more looks kinda a quiet young lady.

guest on

She lost me@ “do you know who I am ?”

Shiela kerr on

I have been a fan of hers for years. Glad to see she is so centered!

Annie on

Ava’s a beauty! But she looks just as much like her dad as her mom.

speechmaven on

She looks like a proud mama. Beautiful kids.

Anonymous on

Kartrashians, please take note. This is lovely, appropriate evening attire for a 16 year old. Too late for the older K girls. I wonder when North will start showing up dressed in trash.

brenda on

Ava is a beautiful young woman and her brother is cute. Reese must be so proud.