What began as a luncheon celebrating the accomplishments of women who excelled in film and television, the ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards has grown into one of those “must attend” events in the industry, and the opportunity to witness that females of color have on all forms of entertainment.

From its inception in 2008, this ceremony highlighted up-and-coming actresses, as well as established stars and cultural icons. Some of the honorees include dynamic women such as Ruby Dee, Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, Pam Grier, Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Zendaya, and a long list of others. What is most important about this awards show is that it not only pays homage to the year’s on-screen contributions, but also the creative genius of Black women as producers, writers, and directors.

In preparation for the 2022 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards, here’s a list of all the honorees from years past.

The 2022 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards is sponsored by Coca-Cola, Ford, Disney’s Onyx Collective, SmartWater and Warner Brothers Television Group.