Acclaimed actress Alfre Woodard hosted her annual Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree this week, bringing out YBF A-lists Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, Ava DuVernay, and Angela Bassett. See photos inside…
Alfre Woodard, shown above with “Scandal” star Kerry Washington, hosted her annual Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Wednesday evening. The lavish “soiree” was sponsored By White Diamond Lustre, Elizabeth Taylor and is held yearly to toast and honor Academy Award-nominated actresses and directors.
When asked why she decided to create the Sistah Soiree, Alfre said she wanted to get “Sistahs” together and “celebrate” their journey.
“Every time we hear each others’ names, it felt like it was one of our reps going, ‘If that b–tch turns it down, then you can have it!’”“I was like, wait a minute. When I hear my sisters’ names, I want to have a joyful feeling in my heart about it.”
You see how loud it gets! It’s always like this, because all the women in this room have more in common with each other than anyone else in the professional world. We’ve all been on the same journey — we speak a common language.”
In the pic above, Alfre posed with actress Emayatzy E. Corinealdi, director Ava DuVernay, and “The Walking Dead” star Danai Gurira.
“HTGAWM”star Viola Davis looked absolutely gorgeous in a hot-pink satin strapless cocktail dress. She’s currently covering the latest issue of “EW” where she dishes on her steamy love scenes.
Kerry Washington rocked a Sophia Kah floral skirt with contrast paneling.
“Selma” director Ava DuVernay celebrated for her successful year at the box office. Her next move will be to the small screen. She’s set to write and produce an original series based on the novel “Queen Sugar” for OWN.
Zoe Saldana, who recently gave birth to twins Bowie and Cy, rocked a blueish/grey Lavin dress with ruffles.
Oscar-nominated actress Angela Bassett came out to support Alfre. Earlier this year, Angela made her directorial debut with the LIFETIME biopic “Whitney” which boasted 11.8 million viewers.
Aisha Tyler of “The Talk” wore a little black dress.
Carmen Ejogo, who won rave reviews as Coretta Scott King in Selma, rocked a fun-cocktail dress.
Young British-import Gugu Mbatha-Raw made waves as the lead character in “Beyond The Lights” this year.
We spotted “Sleepy Hollow” star Nicole Beharie.
Khandi “Mama Pope” Alexander looked sleek and stylish.
Zoe Saldana and Rosario Dawson were spotted laughing it up at cell phone pics.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell rocked a short PHILIPP PLEIN International cocktail dress.
Is Anika Noni Rose playing Donna Summer in a new bio pic? She’s rumored to play the diva in the upcoming film “Spinning Gold”, the story of 1970s record producer Neil Bogart.
Loretta Devine was ready for spring in her floral print dress.
Margaret Avery, who’s starring on “Being Mary Jane” looked regal in her gold dress and teal overlay.
Jurnee and Gugu Mbatha-Raw posed with Samuel Jackson’s wife LaTanya Richardson.
Zoe, LaTanya, Carmen and Anika took a selfie.
Alfre told VARIETY the “soiree” is about making the presence of Black actresses known.
“There are so many beautiful, talented, black and brown women. We know the ones nominated will be out and (are) being celebrated. But when they’re on the carpet, when they’re walking onstage, there are people like them wishing them well. The women who know exactly what you’re doing, actors of quality, saying good on you. We got your back.”
She added, “…it’s not reactive, it’s proactive. It’s about us celebrating us and lifting each other up.”
Great job ladies!
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