ELLE HONORS LADY GAGA, KEIRA KNIGHTLEY, the female cast of Black Panther, Sarah Paulson, Charlize Theron, Mia Farrow, Shonda Rhimes and Yara Shahidi


Celebration Emceed by Mindy Kaling

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 15, 2018)—ELLE, the world’s largest fashion magazine brand, celebrated the 25th annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills last night. The event honored the historic female cast of Black Panther including Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o along with Lady Gaga, Keira KnightleySarah Paulson, Charlize Theron, Mia Farrow (ELLE Legend Award), Shonda Rhimes (L’Oréal Paris Luminary Award), and Yara Shahidi (CALVIN KLEIN Spotlight Award)for their creative contributions to the world of Film and beyond. Lena WaitheJennifer Lopez, James Corden, Sandra Bullock, Kathleen Kennedy, Ronan Farrow, Ellen Pompeo and Kenya Barris presented to the Black Panther cast, Gaga, Knightley, Paulson, Theron, Farrow, Rhimes and Shahidi respectively. Actor, comedian and writer Mindy Kaling served as the emcee for the evening.

Highlights included:

  • ELLE Editor-in-Chief, Nina Garcia opened the awards on a serious note reminiscing on news in recent weeks and equating Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony to Anita Hill’s same experience almost 30 years ago. Garcia explained that “the courage [Ford] summoned was inspiring—heroic, even. It highlighted the absolute imperative for women to be equally represented in positions of power.This is the foundation of Women in Hollywood. It’s why we’re here tonight celebrating the trailblazing female storytellers in front of and behind the camera.”
  • Anita Hill spoke about The Hollywood Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality and ensured that audience “if the government isn’t prepared to protect women from sexual violence, we as an industry will do it ourselves.”
  • It was an inspiring and entertaining evening at the ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration. With heartfelt words from Lady Gaga about her friend and personal icon Jennifer Lopez to candid and hilarious moments from Charlize Theron explaining she “feels more like a tired mom than an icon.” Guests were jumping to applause throughout the night in awe of the honorees.
  • Sandra Bullock, who presented to friend and former co-star Sarah Paulson, surprised the audience with a list of things she “doesn’t like” about Paulson including “her work ethic” and “how much she is loved by others.” The speech was met with roaring laughter and the two embraced once Paulson took the stage.
  • Ellen Pompeo’s and Shonda Rhimes’ admiration for each other was undeniable when Rhimes praised Pompeo for speaking publicly about her career accomplishments. In an effort to follow suit, Rhimes proudly proclaimed to the audience “I am going to brag and I’m telling you this is harder than it seems, I am the highest paid show runner in television.”
  • L’Oréal Paris Luminary Award recipient Mia Farrow, who accepted the award from her son Ronan Farrow, took to the stage joking at “what a disappointment Ronan turned out to be” after a touching speech he made honoring his mother.
  • Awestruck by the 18-year-old’s impassioned speech, Katheleen Kennedy called on Yara Shahidi to run for office telling her from the stage “we need someone in 2020 Yara!”
  • Riverdale star Cole Sprouse nodded fiercely in agreement during honoree Shonda Rhimes’ speech as she instructed the female guests in the audience to “find some sisters!”
  • Lady Gaga celebrated the evening with fiancé Christian Carino, who showered her with kisses after accepting her award. The two were inseparable and left the evening hand in hand. 

ELLE Editor in Chief Nina Garcia and SVP & Publisher Kevin O’Malley, along with presenting sponsors L’Oréal Paris CALVIN KLEIN and Hearts On Fire and supporting sponsors Moët & Chandon, Lexus and HP, brought together the honorees and presenters along with fellow artists, legends and leaders from across the industry, for this year’s dinner awards celebration. VIP celebrity guests had the opportunity to receive gift bags, which included the HP, Inc. Sprocket Photo Printer,which provides instant print photos from your smartphone, beauty products provided by L’Oréal Paris and custom, miniature Moët & Chandon bottles.

Noted photographer Douglas Friedman took celebrity portraits in a custom Hollywood-themed Instagram Studio, which were shared on @elleusa. Additionally, celebrities such as Sofia Carson, Debby Ryan and Lana Condor took part in @elleusa’s exclusive IGTV series “Ride With Me.” Daisy O’Dell, who has been the event’s DJ and music director for 10 years, spun the hottest tracks through the night.

In celebration of the evening, ELLE made a donation to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, an initiative spearheaded by members of the entertainment industry, which aims to connect those who experience sexual misconduct including assault, harassment, abuse and related retaliation in the workplace or in trying to advance their careers with legal and public relations assistance.

Additional attendees included Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Grace Moretz, Aja Naomi King, Laverne Cox, Cole Sprouse, Juliette Lewis, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Martin Sheen, Sara Sampaio, Alex Rodriguez, Quincy Jones, Malin Akerman, Vanessa Hudgens, Natasha Lyonne, Sasha Lane, Ryan Murphy, Holland Taylor, Rowan Blanchard, Kiki Layne, Debby Ryan, Molly Sims, Jameela Jamil, Laura Harrier, Caitriona Balfe, Sofia Carson, Mackenzie Foy, Liza Koshy, Nathalie Emmanuel, Alice Eve, Sydney Sweeney, Rocky Barnes, Leslye Headland, Rosanna Arquette,  Catherine Hardwicke, Kay Cannon, Sue Kroll, Channing Dungey, Lynette Howell Taylor, Tika Sumpter, Debra Lee, Fatima Goss Graves, Amy Baer, Cathy Shulman, Nicole Holofcener, Brenton Thwaites, Hylda Queally, Camilla Luddington, Adele Lim, Diablo Cody, Jennifer Neal, Nina Shaw, Tanya Saracho, Kristine Belson, Lynwen Brennan and more.

CALVIN KLEIN was worn by: Brenton Thwaites, Caitriona Balfe, Cole Sprouse, Kiki Lane, Rowan Blanchard and Sydney Sweeney.

Hearts On Fire jewels were worn by: Aja Naomi King, Angela Bassett, Ellen Pompeo, Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Molly Sims.

In addition to being feted at the annual awards dinner in Los Angeles, the honorees are also featured on individual covers of ELLE’s November Women in Hollywood issue, on newsstands October 23. You can view the portfolio on ELLE.com.

Past honorees include Alicia Vikander, Aja Naomi King, Amy Adams, Amy Schumer, Anna Kendrick, Anne Hathaway, Annette Bening, Ava DuVernay, Barbra Streisand, Carey Mulligan, Cate Blanchett, Cicely Tyson,Dakota Johnson, Diane Keaton, Felicity Jones, Gena Rowlands, Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Helen Mirren, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Jessica Lange, Jodie Foster, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Kathleen Kennedy, Kerry Washington, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Lupita Nyong’o, Margot Robbie, Marion Cotillard, Melissa McCarthy, Nancy Meyers, Reese Witherspoon, Riley Keough, Salma Hayek, Scarlett Johansson, Shailene Woodley, Shirley MacLaine, Sigourney Weaver, Tessa Thompson, Tina Fey, Viola Davis, Zoe Saldana, and more.



ELLE is the No. 1 fashion magazine brand in the world, with 45 editions, 34 websites, and more than 158 supplements worldwide. The ELLE U.S. brand reaches over 29 million influential readers, users, fans and followers across all platforms and inspires women to explore, cultivate and celebrate their personal style in all aspects of their lives. ELLE is owned by the Lagardere Active group (France), and ELLE U.S. is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies. With 20 titles in the U.S., Hearst is the largest publisher of monthly magazines with a total paid circulation of nearly 30 million (AAM 1H 2017). Hearst Magazines’ print and digital assets reach nearly 123 million readers and site visitors each month–nearly two-thirds of all women and millennial women in the country. (source: 2017 comScore Multi-Platform // GfK MRI Media + Fusion (06-17/F16)). For more information visit ELLE.com, or follow ELLE on Twitter (@ELLEmagazine), Facebook (facebook.com/ELLEmagazine), Google+ (plus.google.com/+ELLE), Instagram (@ELLEUSA), Pinterest (pinterest.com/ELLE), or Tumblr (ELLE.tumblr.com). 


The L’Oréal Paris division of L’Oréal USA, Inc. is a total beauty care brand dedicated to empowering women by offering luxurious and innovative products and services available in the mass market.  The brand’s signature tagline, “Because I’m Worth It,” was born in the United States in 1971 to celebrate the beauty and intrinsic self-worth of women, and for more than 100 years, L’Oréal Paris has been providing women around the world with products in four major beauty categories: hair color, haircare, skincare and cosmetics. With L’Oréal’s invention of hair color in 1909, the brand continues to serve as a leading innovator of hair products across color, care, and styling with brands such as Superior Preference, Féria, Excellence Crème, Elvive, the Ever Collection, Advanced Hairstyle, and Elnett Satin Hairspray. L’Oréal Paris provides scientifically-advanced skincare products that are tested to address individual skin concerns through its renowned brands Revitalift, Hydra Genius, Age Perfect, and Sublime Bronze. L’Oréal Paris’ iconic cosmetics collections include Infallible, True Match, Colour Riche, Voluminous, and Visible Lift. For more information about L’Oréal Paris and to receive personalized advice, expert tips, and exclusive content, please visit www.lorealparisusa.com or follow on Instagram (@LOrealMakeup, @LOrealMen, Snapchat (@LOrealMakeup), Twitter (@LOrealParisUSA), Facebook (@LOrealParisUSA), and Pinterest (@LOrealParisUSA).


CALVIN KLEIN is a global lifestyle brand that exemplifies bold, progressive ideals and a seductive, and often minimal, aesthetic. We seek to thrill and inspire our audience while using provocative imagery and striking designs to ignite the senses.

Founded in 1968 by Calvin Klein and his business partner Barry Schwartz, we have built our reputation as a leader in American fashion through our clean aesthetic and innovative designs. Global retail sales of CALVIN KLEIN brand products exceeded $9 billion in 2017 and were distributed in over 110 countries. Calvin Klein employs over 10,000 associates globally. We were acquired by PVH Corp. in 2003.


Hearts On Fire®, The World’s Most Perfectly Cut Diamond®, is a leading global diamond jewelry brand. Founded in 1996 and acquired by Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group in 2014, Hearts On Fire introduced the first-ever branded diamond and changed the jewelry industry forever. Hearts On Fire is passionately dedicated to the artistry that makes our diamond jewelry, and the women who wear it, truly brilliant. The global brand continues to be recognized for its superior craftsmanship and exclusive diamond cut – the single-most important factor in a diamond’s value – resulting in extraordinary beauty and brilliance. Hearts On Fire is sold through a rapidly growing global retail partner network of more than 750 locations in 32 countries, including 150 points of sale in Hong Kong and Greater China, 17 HOF-branded stores around the world, heartsonfire.com.. For more information, please visit www.heartsonfire.com.


Moët & Chandon, the champagne of success and glamour since 1743. Renowned for its legendary style, achievements and pioneering spirit, Moët & Chandon is the Maison that introduced champagne to the world. Synonymous with the most venerable traditions and the most modern celebrations, Moët &Chandon has celebrated life’s memorable and triumphant moments with panache for more than 270 years. For Moët & Chandon, success is a matter of style.


Moët & Chandon shares the champagne with the world, offering a range of unique wines for every occasion, mood and palate. From the iconic Moët Impérial to the Grand Vintage Collection, the extroverted Moët Rosé Impérial to the innovative Moët Ice Impérial, each champagne dazzles and delights with bright fruitiness, an enticing palate and an elegant maturity.


Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 241 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.


HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com. Follow @HP on Instagram and Twitter.


Instantly print and share your favorite smartphone photos with the all-new HP Sprocket 2nd Edition. Learn more about Sprocket at http://www.hp.com/go/sprocket. #reinventconnections


TIME’S UP is an organization that insists on safe, fair and dignified work for women of all kinds. We want women from the factory floor to the floor of the Stock Exchange, from child care centers to C suites, from farm fields to the tech field, to be united by a shared sense of safety, fairness and dignity as they work and as we all shift the paradigm of workplace culture.


The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which is housed at and administered by the National Women’s Law Center Fund, connects those who experience sexual misconduct including assault, harassment, abuse and related retaliation in the workplace or in trying to advance their careers with legal and public relations assistance. The Fund will help defray legal and public relations costs in select cases based on criteria and availability of funds.  Donations to the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund are tax deductible through the Direct Impact Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or through the National Women’s Law Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The initiative was spearheaded by actors and others in the entertainment industry, attorneys Tina Tchen and Roberta Kaplan, and top public relations professionals. Women in Hollywood came together around their own experiences of harassment and assault, and they were moved by the outpouring of support and solidarity against sexual harassment from women across sectors. This inspired them to help create a Fund to help survivors of sexual harassment and retaliation in all industries—especially low-wage workers. They worked together in an historic first to design a structure that would be both inclusive and effective.


The Hollywood Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality is a policy-setting organization whose members include the studios, television networks, streaming services, music companies, talent agencies, trade associations, and unions that comprise the entertainment industry. Its mission is to lead the industry to a strong and equitable future by defining and implementing best practices that eliminate sexual harassment and bias for all workers, especially marginalized communities, and by actively promoting a culture of accountability, respect, and equality.

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