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.