The red carpet on Thursday’s Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards luncheon was something to be described as elegant.

A lot of stars aligned on the red carpet at the Beverly Hills Hotel, California for the 2014 Essence 7th Annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon to celebrate breakthrough star Lupita Nyong’o, the leadership of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and the vision of director/producer Ava DuVernay.

Most of the stars that attended the event opted for brights, whites, and pastel prints—making it probably the most cheerful red carpet of the year thus far. With everyone counting down to the Oscars with hopes that Lupita Nyong’o will win for her stellar performance in 12 Years A Slave, apart from winning the Breakthrough Hollywood Act award the Kenyan actress also gave us something to applaud her for with her amazing speech on dark beauty and self-acceptance. Read it up Here.

David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Present at the event were stars including Oprah Winfrey, Brandy Norwood, Common, David Oyelowo, Kerry Washington, Michael Ealy, Ledisi, Tika Sumpter, Spike Lee, Regina King, Tracee Elis Ross and many more. Check out all the red carpet photos below:

Angela Bassett Wearing Byron Lars

Angela Bassett Wearing Byron Lars

Naomie Harris Wearing Wes Gordon

Naomie Harris Wearing Wes Gordon

Nicole Beharie Wearing Suno

Nicole Beharie Wearing Suno

Danai Gurira Wearing Reem Acra

Danai Gurira Wearing Reem Acra

Brandy Norwood Wearing Elena Reva

Brandy Norwood Wearing Elena Reva

Common

Common

Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay

Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant

Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee

Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee

Yvette Nicole Brown

Yvette Nicole Brown

Sharon Leal

Sharon Leal

Danielle Brooks

Danielle Brooks

David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo

Tracy Edmonds

Tracy Edmonds

Joy Bryant Wearing Reem Acra

Joy Bryant Wearing Reem Acra

Holly Robinson-Peete

Holly Robinson-Peete

Tracee Elis Ross Wearing Honor

Tracee Elis Ross Wearing Honor

Sarah Jakes

Sarah Jakes

Laila Ali Wearing Nanette Lepore

Laila Ali Wearing Nanette Lepore

Tika Sumpter Wearing Bibhu Mohapatra

Tika Sumpter Wearing Bibhu Mohapatra

Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Tatyana Ali

Tatyana Ali

Gayle King

Gayle King

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Wearing Vivienne Westwood Red Label

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Wearing Vivienne Westwood Red Label

Rochelle Aytes

Rochelle Aytes

Niecy Nash

Niecy Nash

Tichina Arnold

Tichina Arnold

Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard

Loretta Devine

Loretta Devine

Vanessa Bell Calloway

Vanessa Bell Calloway

Ledisi

Ledisi

Rocsi Diaz Wearing Mary Katrantzou

Rocsi Diaz Wearing Mary Katrantzou

Regina King

Regina King

Tamera Mowry Wearing Victoria Beckham

Tamera Mowry Wearing Victoria Beckham

Garcelle Beauvais

Garcelle Beauvais

Michael Ealy

Michael Ealy

Lupita Nyong'o Wearing Giambattista Valli

Lupita Nyong’o Wearing Giambattista Valli

Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan

Xosha Roquemore

Xosha Roquemore

Kerry Washington Wearing Calvin Klein

Kerry Washington Wearing Calvin Klein

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