Accepting Women In Film’s Crystal Award for expanding the role of women in the entertainment industry, Aniston took the stage Friday – in a body-baring Prada dress – and pointed out to the crowd of mostly female Hollywood movers and shakers that her personal fortunes over the past several years have been reflected in the titles on her film resume.
"I'm trying to be more careful than I have been in the past about the titles of movies that I choose to be in," Aniston revealed. "It's funny – I kind of noticed something a couple years ago that there seemed to be this strange parallel to the movies I was doing and my life off screen."
“It started with, well, The Good Girl," she explained. "Then that evolved into Rumor Has It, followed by Derailed, and then there was The Break-Up. And then on the lighter side was Friends with Money, which I felt was a bit on the nose.”
"So if any of you have a project titled Everlasting Love with an Adult, Stable Male…," she concluded, drowned out by the knowing laughter of the crowd, which included Heather Locklear, Selena Gomez, Jenny McCarthy, Christina Hendricks and Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke.
Nod to FriendsShe continued the title theme in a more nostalgic light. "There's one title that I will be forever grateful for and that essentially gave me a start to anything, which was Friends," said Aniston
"For years I got to go to work every day and I laughed and I played on the set with an unbelievably funny and creative team, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera," Aniston remembered. "To go from that experience, which honestly was the highlight of my life, to then be here standing in front of you being honored for my work in film and being allowed that transition is truly quite humbling."
Despite the sense of sisterhood evoked by the evening, Hollywood's female power players couldn't resist a good gag. Explaining that Aniston's award was given for expanding the visibility of women in the entertainment industry, emcee Chelsea Handler joked that the actress "also stopped expanding the visibility of John Mayer, and we all thank you for that," prompting a blushing Aniston to mock-bury her head in her hands.
Aniston, AuteurBefore the ceremony Aniston revealed her future goals to PEOPLE, after so much career success: "None! I'm done!" she joked, before admitting she's hoping to try her hand at directing a feature film after helming the 2006 short Room 10.
"Absolutely I want to direct again, very soon," she said. "I had so much fun doing that short film, and I'm really ready to do it again."
Aniston was also reflective about the bond among women in Hollywood. "We're special because girls are good to each other and girls take care of each other," she said. "We have a natural nurturing instinct. We want to take care and we're emotional and we're in touch with that, and we’re also extremely strong, little do most people know."