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ELLE Celebrates ‘Women in Hollywood’ at their 22nd Annual Awards

Some exceptionally talented women were honored at this years ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards that took place at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills on October 19th, 2015. The event honored Ava DuVernay, Salma Hayek, Dakota Johnson (Calvin Klein Spotlight Award), Carey Mulligan, Gena Rowlands (L’Oréal Paris Legend Award), Amy Schumer, Alicia Vikander, and Kate Winslet for the creative contributions they have made to the world of film—both in front of and behind the camera.

ELLE Editor-in-Chief, Robbie Myers opened the awards with a rousing speech telling the audience, “Every year, someone gets up on this stage and says —do we even need a night for “Women” — why can’t we just be “people” in Hollywood? Actors, Directors, Screenwriters. And I get that—someone recently asked me if “women’s media” was really necessary anymore. I said, well, as long as Women make up only 20 percent of Congress, as long as senior movie studio execs are 93 percent male, and only 4 percent of studio films are directed by women; as long as the President of the United States, the VP, the Speaker of the House, the President Pro Tem, the Secretaries of State, of the Treasury, of Defense are all men; -you have to go 7 layers down to find a woman, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, on the succession plan,” then I’d say yes, We need “women’s media.” We need as many “Women In” gatherings that we can dream up.

Mary J. Blige, Lena Dunham, Leslie Mann, Zoe Saldana, Meryl Streep, Shailene Woodley, and Icona Pop presented awards to DuVernay, Schumer, Johnson, Hayek, Mulligan, Winslet and Vikander respectively while actor and comedian Joel McHale served as emcee for the evening. The energy in the room was at the all-time high when two funny ladies took to the stage. Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer not only made everyone laugh, but also touched the crowd with their heartwarming words. In addition to being feted at the annual awards dinner in Los Angeles, the honorees are also featured in ELLE’s November Women in Hollywood issue, on newsstands nationwide today.

Additional attendees included Abigail Spencer, Ahna O’Reilly, Alexandra Shipp, America Ferrera, Andie MacDowell, Angie Harmon, Ashley Madekwe, Bella Heathcote, Bellamy Young, Betsy Beers, Brianna Hildebrand, Busy Philipps, Catherine Hardwicke, Constance Zimmer, Darby Stanchfield, Ellie Bamber, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Francisco Costa, Jamie King, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Jenna Elfman, Judd Apatow, Judy Greer, Julianna Guill, Julianne Hough, Katie Lowes, Kiernan Shipka, Liana Liberato, Liz Goldwyn, Lorraine Toussaint, MacKenzie Mauzy, Madeleine Stowe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Melanie Griffith, Melanie Lynskey, Miranda Kerr, Molly Sims, Niecy Nash, Nina Dobrev, Nikki Reed, Rachel Zoe, Sarah Hyland, Teresa Palmer, Tippi Hedren, Tony Goldwyn, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ty Burrell, Zoe Kravitz, Zoey Deutch and more.

Photo By: Getty Images for ELLE

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