Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer headed to the Beverly Hills Hotel for Essence magazine's annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon yesterday. The ladies of The Help also had costar Ahna O'Reilly on hand. Viola wore a dress by Victoria Beckham and Emma followed with her own neutral look by Elie Saab. Essence's current cover girl, Kerry Washington, joined the ladies in Cushnie Et Ochs and bright heels while her fellow Women in Hollywood honoree Paula Patton donned Marchesa. Octavia chose one of her red-carpet favorites, Tadashi Shoji, for the special event, which included a Whitney Houston tribute performance by Jordin Sparks.
It's been an exciting award season for The Help so far and Emma, Viola, Octavia, and Ahna will continue the fun at this Sunday's Oscars. In addition to individual nominations for Octavia, Viola, and Jessica Chastain, The Help is up for best picture. We'll be LIVE at the Oscars starting at 5:30 p.m. EST/2:30 p.m. PST so make sure to tune in for all the action!