Love-in at Matrix Awards

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When you go to awards shows as often as Watercooler does, listening to acceptance speeches can be a good time to scan the room to see who else is checking Blackberries. But the annual New York Women in Communications' Matrix Awards ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, had some of the toughest broads in the media business, offered up a touching softer side. It was a riveting lovefest.

One winner, Renetta McCann, CEO of Starcom Mediavest Group, said she has had to get comfortable about being "uncomfortable." Overcoming what others would shy away from-discomfort-and forging ahead into rooms where she was the only woman or the only person of color. Then she thanked all the woman who did it before her, making her way easier.

Also touching were the tender words between "Thelma and Louise" actresses Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis. Ms. Davis, who plays the president in ABC's "Commander in Chief," won in the arts and entertainment category. "Geena is the first president that really has liked me," joked Ms. Sarandon, a left-leaning political activist, who then broke out the L word and aimed it at Davis.

But despite the high-wattage winners, all eyes were on "Today" host Katie Couric, who was there to present an award to Glamour Editor in Chief Cindy Leive. Ms. Couric introduced Ms. Leive with a long amusing poem, and in return, Ms. Leive shot back: "It is sublime. Will you some day anchor the news in rhyme?"
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