Halle Berry and Jennifer Hudson stun at the Celebration of Black Cinema & Television in LA


Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson and Taraji P. Henson brought the glamour in fashion-forward looks while attending the fourth annual Celebration of Black Cinema & Television in Los Angeles, California on Monday evening.

While arriving to the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel, the 55-year-old Bruised star wore a dramatic red low-cut dress  with a striking train, which showed off her cleavage and enviable curves. 

She paired the eye-catching gown with a pair of silver heels and opted to style her light brown locks in loose waves as she posed for photographs and mingled with her musician boyfriend Van Hunt, who she began dating last fall. 

As the couple gazed lovingly at each other, they could be seen holding hands and looking blissful just a month after she gushed she ‘never had a man that has lifted’ her up like him at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.   

For the event, created to honor standout achievements in Black filmmaking, the Grammy winner, who wrote the title song of Berry’s latest Netflix film, wore a black tuxedo, white dress shirt and leather loafers. 

Like Berry, who received the Career Achievement Award, Hudson was all dressed in a black, yellow and red striped minidress to accept the Actress Award for film for her performance in the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect.  

Beautiful: She paired the eye-catching frock with a pair of silver heels and opted to style her light brown locks in loose waves as she posed for photographs and mingled with her musician boyfriend Van Hunt, who she began dating last fall

Beautiful: She paired the eye-catching frock with a pair of silver heels and opted to style her light brown locks in loose waves as she posed for photographs and mingled with her musician boyfriend Van Hunt, who she began dating last fall

Happy in love: As the couple gazed at each other, they could be seen holding hands just a month after she gushed she 'never had a man that has lifted' her up like him at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards

Happy in love: As the couple gazed at each other, they could be seen holding hands just a month after she gushed she ‘never had a man that has lifted’ her up like him at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards

For the event, created to honor standout achievements in Black filmmaking, the Grammy winner, who wrote the title song of Berry's latest Netflix film, wore a black tuxedo, white dress shirt and leather loafers.

For the event, created to honor standout achievements in Black filmmaking, the Grammy winner, who wrote the title song of Berry’s latest Netflix film, wore a black tuxedo, white dress shirt and leather loafers.

Honoree: Berry was bestowed the Career Achievement Award for her roles in Monster’s Ball, Die Another Day, Jungle Fever and more

Honoree: Berry was bestowed the Career Achievement Award for her roles in Monster’s Ball, Die Another Day, Jungle Fever and more

The 40-year-old Golden Globe winner paired her chic frock with a trendy updo, a silver ‘Respect’ necklace, thigh-high black leather boots and a pair of statement earrings. 

She opted for a beautiful makeup look, which included a nude lipstick, smokey grey eyeshadow and a dusting of blush high on her cheekbones. 

Henson rocked a hot pink lipstick, matching eye shadow and a massive pair of gold hoop earrings.

Taking a risk: Hudson was all dressed in a black, yellow and red striped minidress to accept the Actress Award for film for her performance in the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect

Taking a risk: Hudson was all dressed in a black, yellow and red striped minidress to accept the Actress Award for film for her performance in the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect

Cool accessorizes: The 40-year-old Golden Globe winner paired her chic frock with a trendy updo, a silver 'Respect' necklace, thigh-high black leather boots and a pair of statement earrings

Cool accessorizes: The 40-year-old Golden Globe winner paired her chic frock with a trendy updo, a silver ‘Respect’ necklace, thigh-high black leather boots and a pair of statement earrings

Glamorous: She opted for a beautiful makeup look, which included a nude lipstick, smokey grey eyeshadow and a dusting of blush high on her cheekbones

Glamorous: She opted for a beautiful makeup look, which included a nude lipstick, smokey grey eyeshadow and a dusting of blush high on her cheekbones

Girlie: Henson rocked a hot pink lipstick, matching eye shadow and a massive pair of gold hoop earrings

Girlie: Henson rocked a hot pink lipstick, matching eye shadow and a massive pair of gold hoop earrings

All in the details: Additionally, she accessorized with rings on nearly every finger, black nail polish and a pair of open-toed pumps

All in the details: Additionally, she accessorized with rings on nearly every finger, black nail polish and a pair of open-toed pumps

Additionally, she accessorized with rings on nearly every finger, black nail polish and a pair of open-toed pumps. 

Tessa Thompson commanded attention in a shiny off-the shoulder midi dress with a daring sweetheart neckline and low back. 

She wore her hair in a top knot and oozed confidence while smoldering at photographers.  

Sexy: Tessa Thompson commanded attention in a shiny off-the shoulder midi dress with a daring sweetheart neckline and low back

 Sexy: Tessa Thompson commanded attention in a shiny off-the shoulder midi dress with a daring sweetheart neckline and low back

Radiant: Thompson flashed a bright smile as she posed for pictures

Flawless: She worked a number of different angles

Smiling: She wore her hair in a top knot and oozed confidence while smoldering at photographers

Pals: Thompson met up with Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Negga, who wore a red and green patterned jumpsuit

Pals: Thompson met up with Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Negga, who wore a red and green patterned jumpsuit

Cool: Negga seen in a patterned jumpsuit and holding a red clutch

Monochromatic: Hall pictured in a white blazer, matching pleated skirt and nude flats

Night out: (L-R) Thompson, Rebecca Hall, Negga, and Nina Yang Bongiov posed for a group shot

Night out: (L-R) Thompson, Rebecca Hall, Negga, and Nina Yang Bongiov posed for a group shot

Night out: (L-R) Thompson, Rebecca Hall, Negga, and Nina Yang Bongiov posed for a group shot

Celebration of Black Cinema & Television 2021 HONOREES 

Halle Berry with The Career Achievement Award 

Ava DuVernay with the inaugural Melvin Van Peebles Trailblazer Award

Anthony Anderson with the Producer Award for Television

Jennifer Hudson with the Actress Award for Film

Barry Jenkins with the Director Award for Television

Will Smith with the Actor Award for Film for his work in “King Richard”

Antoine Fuqua with the Director Award for Film

The cast of “The Harder They Fall,” including Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, Deon Cole, R.J. Cyler, Edi Gathegi and Danielle Deadwyler, with the Ensemble Award

Actress Ruth Negga with a Special Honoree Award for her work in the film “Passing”

Actress Danielle Brooks with the Actress Award for Television for her work in the Lifetime movie “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia”

French actor Omar Sy with the Actor Award for Television for his work in “Lupin”

Robin Thede with the Showrunner Award for HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show”

Toheeb Jimoh with the Breakthrough Award for “Ted Lasso”

Kenan Thompson with a Special Honoree Award for “Saturday Night Live” and “Kenan”

Patina Miller with a Special Honoree Award for the Starz series “Power Book III: Raising Kanan”

Natasha Rothwell with a Special Honoree Award for HBO’s “The White Lotus.”

 

Also in attendance was filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Niecy Nash and her wife Jessica Betts. 

The two-time Oscar nominee, known for directing Selma and A Wrinkle in Time, wore a hot pink jacket, matching pants and a black turtleneck. 

While Tracee Ellis Ross skipped the red carpet, she later took to the stage to present at the Critics Choice Association. 

Star-studded night: Also in attendance was filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Niecy Nash and her wife Jessica Betts

Star-studded night: Also in attendance was filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Niecy Nash and her wife Jessica Betts

Feminine: The two-time Oscar nominee, known for directing Selma and A Wrinkle in Time, wore a hot pink jacket, matching pants and a black turtleneck

Feminine: The two-time Oscar nominee, known for directing Selma and A Wrinkle in Time, wore a hot pink jacket, matching pants and a black turtleneck

A big deal: Emmy Award-winning actress and producer Niecy Nash hosted the show

A big deal: Emmy Award-winning actress and producer Niecy Nash hosted the show

Speaking of Berry being honored with the Career Achievement Award, Shawn Edwards, executive producer of the Celebration of Black Cinema & Television and a CCA board member ‘praised her iconic performances’ and being a trailblazer ‘for Black performers who have come after her’ in a statement to Variety earlier this year. 

‘She has become the personification of excellence as she transitions from being in front of the camera to sitting in the director’s chair,’ he explained.

Anthony Anderson took home the Producer Award for his work on ABC’s hit series Black-ish, Grown-ish and Mixed-ish.  

Better together: Nash's wife Jessica Betts showed her support for the star as she attended in a white suit and black and white polka-dot scarf

Better together: Nash’s wife Jessica Betts showed her support for the star as she attended in a white suit and black and white polka-dot scarf

Look of love: The lovebirds exchanged affectionate glances as they posed for photos

Look of love: The lovebirds exchanged affectionate glances as they posed for photos 

Forever plus one: Anthony Anderson and wife Alvina Stewart kept their arms sweetly wrapped around each other

Forever plus one: Anthony Anderson and wife Alvina Stewart kept their arms sweetly wrapped around each other

Sweet: Anderson planted a kiss on his costar Deon Cole's cheek

Sweet: Anderson planted a kiss on his costar Deon Cole’s cheek

Critics Choice Association CEO Joey Berlin raved: ‘2021 was an incredible year of creativity and growth in film and television, and we’re thrilled to be able to honor the changemakers who are making a difference.’ 

Speaking of Hudson, he spoke of her accomplishments on and off screen as the star of Respect and as an  executive producer.

While inside Hudson, Henson, and Berry posed for pictures together as they dined on salad and enjoyed white wine. 

Beaming: The friends, who both star on Black-ish, smiled as they posed for photos together

Beaming: The friends, who both star on Black-ish, smiled as they posed for photos together

Absolutely gorgeous: Orange Is the New Black star Danielle Brooks wore a skintight black one-shoulder evening gown that showed off her curves

Absolutely gorgeous: Orange Is the New Black star Danielle Brooks wore a skintight black one-shoulder evening gown that showed off her curves

Friendly: Brooks and Thompson were pictured together inside ahead of the ceremony

Friendly: Brooks and Thompson were pictured together inside ahead of the ceremony

Yum: While inside Hudson, Henson, and Berry posed for pictures together as they dined on salad and enjoyed white wine

Yum: While inside Hudson, Henson, and Berry posed for pictures together as they dined on salad and enjoyed white wine

Wow: While Tracee Ellis Ross skipped the red carpet, she later took to the stage to present at the Critics Choice Association

Wow: While Tracee Ellis Ross skipped the red carpet, she later took to the stage to present at the Critics Choice Association

Impressive: Anthony Anderson took home the Producer Award for his work on ABC's hit series Black-ish, Grown-ish and Mixed-ish

Impressive: Anthony Anderson took home the Producer Award for his work on ABC’s hit series Black-ish, Grown-ish and Mixed-ish

A big deal: Emmy Award-winning actress and producer Niecy Nash hosted the show

A big deal: Emmy Award-winning actress and producer Niecy Nash hosted the show

Beyond stoked: Brooks read off a piece of white paper as she accepted the Actress Award

Beyond stoked: Brooks read off a piece of white paper as she accepted the Actress Award 

A night he will never forget: Toheeb Jimoh accepted the Breakthrough Award

A night he will never forget: Toheeb Jimoh accepted the Breakthrough Award

Beloved on Black-ish: Deon Cole accepted the Ensemble Award

Beloved on Black-ish: Deon Cole accepted the Ensemble Award

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