Once again, HipHollywood was inside Alfre Woodard’s uber exclusive Pre-Oscar bash to toast Black women in film. This year Woodard hosted the party along with White Diamond Lustre by Elizabeth Taylor and Piper-Heidesieck in the penthouse at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
“It’s all my sistah’s and we don’t ever get to see each other,” explained Woodard. “Maybe one person coming and going, so everyone really looks forward to this day.”
This year guests included Viola Davis, Angela Bassett, Aisha Tyler, Rosario Dawson, Zoe Saldana and Kerry Washington to name a few. “This event is always one of my favorite events every year,” said Washington who will also be presenting at the Oscars. “It’s just about girls loving girls and I’m just thrilled to be here.”
Each year Woodard invites past and current Oscar nominees for an intimate dinner. This year she honored Selma director Ava DuVernay and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
“It is women who have been nominated for the Oscar before in the acting category and some in a perfect world who should have been,” explained Woodard. “But I didn’t want Ava to go unheralded this year because she did such amazing work as a film maker.”
Check out what Ava and Gugu had to say about being honored, and Sundays Oscars in the video above.
‘Annihilation’s’ Leading Ladies Use Intense Military Training As Bonding Experience
Annihilation is one hell of a visually stunning sci-fi film with five female leads on an expedition to uncover the mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline.
For Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, the film, which also lends a voice to what is being called the year of the woman, dressing in head to toe military gear and going through tactical training was a bonding experience.
“”t was really fun. It’s weird to say that. But to have all these women in military training together, where we had to do these exercises … it was a great bonding experience with each other.” Portman told us.
And although the women had the opportunity to use real guns, firearms is not something the ladies of Hollywood advocate. “I’m anti gun to be honest,” Rodriguez said. “I say no guns. There’s no reason for people to have guns especially when you have these,” she said while holding up her firsts.
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