ESSENCE hosted the 4th annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon this afternoon honoring “Simply the Best” Black actresses, including Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Viola Davis and Loretta Devine. This annual event celebrates the brightest stars who, through their work, have helped illuminate positive images of Black women.

Whether giving the performance of a lifetime or walking away with an Oscar, these sisters have certainly elevated how we are perceived and portrayed around the world. Take a look at how we, and other celebrities, toasted these extraordinary women at this exclusive, Oscar week soiree.

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