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From Kerry Washington to Lupita Nyong’o, Hollywood’s Leading Ladies Celebrated at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

Kerry Washington, Garcelle Beauvais, and Alfre Woodard stepped out on the red carpet in bold frocks at the 7th annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon to celebrate Lupita Nyong’o, who received the Best Breakthrough Performance Award. ”Thank you very much for inviting me to be a part of such an extraordinary community. I am surrounded by people who have inspired me, women in particular whose presence on screen made me feel a little more seen and heard and understood,”says Nyong’o during her acceptance speech.

As stars mixed and mingled, and enjoyed a savory lunch complete with beet carpaccio, stuffed chicken, and a vegan eggplant dish, Nyong’o ended her emotional speech with a touching message for every girl and woman. “I hope that my presence on your screen and my face in magazines may lead you, young girls, on a beautiful journey,” she adds. “That you will feel the validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.” How inspirational! To see who else stepped out for the event, look through our gallery!

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—Josephine Cusumano with reporting by Heather Newgen

What Did Hollywood Do This Weekend? Kicked Off Awards Season in Palm Springs!

With the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards is just days away (airing live on January 12th!), Hollywood kicked off award season early with the 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala this past weekend, which honored a few of the Golden Globe nominees themselves in Palm Springs, California.

Among the stars, Lupita Nyong’o was awarded the Breakthrough Performance Award for her role in 12 Years a Slave (and wore a stunning belted Elie Saab sheath dress with metallic embroidery), while Sandra Bullock (in a pink-and-orange two-toned Alex Perry dress) and Matthew McConaughey were both honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Awards, along with Meryl Streep (Icon Award), Tom Hanks (Chairman’s Award), Julia Roberts (Spotlight Award), and more.

With more than 2,100 guests in attendance, actors Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Naomie Harris, and Idris Elba all came out (in their stylish attires no less) to support their films and fellow co-stars. To see more photos from the gala, look through our gallery!

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