Black actresses shine at the 19th annual Elle magazine Women in Hollywood Celebration

Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and newcomer Danai Gurira dazzled on the arrivals carpet for the 19th annual Elle magazine Women in Hollywood Celebration held yesterday at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills. The yearly awards ceremony honored a bevy of iconic women this year, and drew a throng of supporters who cheered on those awarded.

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“Cate Blanchett, Susan Sarandon, Emma Watson, Octavia Spencer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Elle Fanning, Kristen Wiig,Uma Thurman and Shirley MacLaine were toasted for iconic performances and off-camera efforts,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

Of these honorees, Spencer was chosen in addition to three others to grace the cover of the related issue of Elle, each actress receiving star billing with her own cover shot. Sarah Jessica Parker, Emma Watson and Dakota Fanning also share Elle‘s cover for November.

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Spencer wore a unique gown of draped green lace, while Viola Davis supported her Help co-star in a futuristic white dress paired with jewel toned heels. Danai Gurira looked fabulous in a body-hugging white cocktail dress that was utterly feminine — the extreme opposite of the take-n0-prisoners character on the hit show, The Walking Dead.

“Washed in pristine white, the sitdown dinner was marked with bright floral arrangements and plenty of champagne,” remarks the Times about the evening, which was punctuated with memorable speeches from celebrity introducers, including Robert Pattison.

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