Madonna, Salma Hayek, and James Franco were among the guests at tonight's very first Gucci Award For Women in Cinema Soiree at the Venice Film Festival. The fashion house announced its intention to create the award last October, with the goal of recognizing the big-screen project or talent that best exemplifies the role of women in the movies. Salma arrived on the arm of her husband, Francois-Henri Pinault, who is the head of Gucci Group. Madonna brought her longtime manager, Guy Oseary, as her date. James Franco also took a brief break from work to attend the celebration of cinema. The Gucci Pour Homme fragrance spokesmodel has been spending the last days of Summer in Detroit as he shoots Oz: The Great and Powerful, but he was part of the jury that selected this year's winner, who Madonna presented with her award. The nominees included female producers, screenwriters, and directors, but Jessica Chastain ended up taking home the top honor for her Tree of Life performance.
Salma, James, and Madonna Toast Gucci and Female Filmmakers in Venice