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Scene & Heard: Steven Spielberg presents Jeffrey Katzenberg with Ambassadors of Humanity award

Scene & Heard: Steven Spielberg presents Jeffrey Katzenberg with Ambassadors of Humanity award
Ambassador of Humanity award recipient Jeffrey Katzenberg, left, MC Craig Ferguson and Steven Spielberg at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute fundraiser. (Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic)

There's no better proving ground for testing a friendship than by starting a restaurant and movie studio together from scratch. At least, that's what

Steven Spielberg

said before he presented the Ambassadors of Humanity award to his friend and business partner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, at a fundraiser for the

USC
Shoah

Foundation Institute at

Hollywood

& Highland's Grand Ballroom.

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Spielberg noted that the movie studio,

DreamWorks

, is flourishing, "while the other one, Dive, stayed true to its name and went under." Yet Spielberg added that his admiration for his partner has only grown, as he mentioned Katzenberg's involvement in many philanthropies.

Shoah collects and preserves video testimonies from survivors of the Holocaust, as well as witnesses to genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda and other countries.

Wallis Annenberg introduced Max Nikias, president of USC, where the charity's archives are housed, comparing its 52,000 testimonies to "stars whose light only reaches Earth long after they have fallen apart," adding, "there are also people whose remembrance gives light to this world long after they have passed away."

During the cocktail hour on Dec. 9, MC

Craig Ferguson

noted that people often say they're honored to host such functions. "I am

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actually

honored," he said, citing the importance of Shoah's goal to overcome prejudices.

Oscar winner

Jennifer Hudson

serenaded the 650 guests, including

George Lucas

, Ron Meyer, Ari Emanuel,

Frank Marshall

and Kathleen Kennedy, and Kim and P.K. Shah.

TNT

was the presenting sponsor.

Spotlight on India

The President's Circle and Southern Asian Art Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art celebrated the opening of "India's Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow," with a Dec. 8 private viewing of the 18th and 19th century Indian courtly paintings, European oils, decorative art objects and lavishly embroidered textiles of what had once been the wealthiest court in northern India.

The exhibition, co-curated by Stephen Markel and Tushara Bindu Gude, will remain at LACMA until Feb. 27 before moving to Paris. The show contains 200 artworks reflective of the city's culture, which attracted artists, poets, courtiers and adventurers.

India was also in the spotlight when the

held its "Wheel Power" gala at the Ritz Carlton in Marina del Rey on Dec. 5

As guests dined, Fox International President Sanford Panitch introduced the night's honoree, Shekhar Kapur, director of the Academy Award-winning "Elizabeth." Almex USA President Ravi Tilak followed, presenting Kapur with AIF's Cultural Leadership Award for making films that focus on India's social issues.

The event, which attracted 425 guests, raised more than $425,000 for AIF's programs in primary education, healthcare and improved livelihoods in India. Vandana and Ravi Tilak, and Pushpa and B.U. Patel served as event co-chairs, while actors

Kunal Nayyar

of "The Big Bang Theory" and

Janina Gavankar

of "The Gates" acted as MCs. Guests included Hotmail co-founder Sabeer Bhatia, Pepperdine

Vice

Chancellor Michael Warder and

"Outsourced"

cast members Rebecca Hazlewood, Surina Jindal,

Diedrich Bader

, Pippa Black, Sacha Dhawan, Rizwan Manji and Parvesh Cheena.

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