Hollywood’s Smartest and Sexiest Ladies Attend the 22nd Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards

In celebration of Elle’s annual Women in Hollywood Awards, some of the smartest, most beautiful and incredibly talent women in Hollywood showed up in support of this years’ honorees Ava DuVernay, Salma Hayek, Dakota Johnson, Carey Mulligan, Gena Rowlands, Amy Schumer, Alicia Vikander, and Kate Winslet.

Recognized for their creative contributions to the world of film—both in front of and behind the camera–all of the ladies are also featured on their own cover of the November issue of Elle (on newsstands today).

Presented by Calvin Klein Collection, L’Oréal Paris, and David Yurman and held at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills on October 19, 2015, Joel McHale served as emcee for the evening while presenters to the honorees included Mary J. Blige, Lena Dunham, Leslie Mann, Zoe Saldana, Meryl Streep, Shailene Woodley, and Icona Pop.

Johnson, who received the L’Oréal Paris Legend Award, attended with her family Melanie GriffithTippi Hedren, and Stella Banderas. Mulligan was presented with her award by hre Suffragette co-star Meryl Streep, who was mentioned in almost every acceptance speech for being “a trailblazer in the industry.”

Elle Editor-in-Chief, Robbie Myers opened the awards with an inspirational speech:

Every year, someone gets up on this stage and says —do we even need a night for “Women” — why can’t we just be “people” in Hollywood? Actors, Directors, Screenwriters. And I get that—someone recently asked me if “women’s media” was really necessary anymore. I said, well, as long as Women make up only 20 percent of Congress, as long as senior movie studio execs are 93 percent male, and only 4 percent of studio films are directed by women; as long as the President of the United States, the VP, the Speaker of the House, the President Pro Tem, the Secretaries of State, of the Treasury, of Defense are all men; -you have to go 7 layers down to find a woman, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, on the succession plan,” then I’d say yes, We need “women’s media.” We need as many “Women In” gatherings that we can dream up.

Also in attendance: Nina Dobrev, Nikki Reed, Sarah Hyland, Julianne Hough, Kiernan Shipka, Jaime King, Jenna Dewan, America Ferrera, Rachel Zoe, and more.

See the red carpet arrivals and show moments in the gallery above.

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Past ELLE Women in Hollywood honorees have included Anne Hathaway, Annette Bening, Barbra Streisand, Cate Blanchett, Diane Keaton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Lange, Jodie Foster, Julianne Moore, Kerry Washington, Marion Cotillard, Melissa McCarthy, Nancy Meyers, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Shailene Woodley, Shirley MacLaineSigourney Weaver, Tina Fey, Viola Davis, Zoe Saldana, and more.