Some of the biggest stars in Hollywood came out to celebrate the influential women of color at ESSENCE‘s 6th annual Black Women In Hollywood luncheon at Beverly Hills Hilton on Thursday.
Oprah Winfrey was among the honorees and given the big honor of the night with the Power Award for her accomplished career and charitable work.
Oprah arrived to the ceremony with the graduating class from her Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, who also introduced Oprah to the stage to receive her honor.
“I am humbled by this day,” she said as she accepted the honor. “There’s nothing better than being honored by your own.”
Among the other honorees of the night included breakout Oscar-nominate actress Quvenzhané Wallis, who was given the Breakthrough Performance award.
The 10-year-old starlet thanked God in her speech, as well as Beasts Of The Southern Wild director Behn Zeitlin and “my babysitter that was on set,” according to Huffington Post.
Fellow honorees included actress Gabrielle Union presented with the Fierce and Fearless honor; writer/producer Mara Brock-Akil with the Visionary Award; actress Naomie Harris with the Lincoln Shining Star Award; and actress Alfre Woodard with the Vanguard Award.
The Black Women In Hollywood luncheon serves as a “source of support and inspiration for the incredibly talented community of Black women who are often overlooked by the Hollywood establishment,” according to ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Constance C.R. White.
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