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A vision in white, “Selma” Director Ava DuVernay was honored yesterday at Elle magazine’s 22nd Annual Women in Hollywood celebration held at the Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills. The prestigious event is thrown around this time each year to celebrate the careers and achievements of the most talented women in film.

While accepting her award, Ava addressed the gender gap in Hollywood comparing her career to a male director friend of hers. She said they both showed films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and were taking on their first big budget projects.

“I got a big movie,” she remembered telling him, referring to the 20 million dollar budget for Selma. “He said he had gotta a big movie too. It was Jurassic World. Now he’ll go off and do Star Wars and I’m happy for him,” DuVernay said of her friend Colin Trevorrow. “But think about the women who were also in that class at Sundance 2012.”

The Directress was glowing all night, posing it up with fellow honorees and taking selfies with her “sisters in Hollywood”.

Blackish starlette Tracee Ellis Ross chose an autumnal golden jumpsuit for the occasion, pairing it with a wide belt, animal print platform heels and a low bun. Mary J. Blige, who presented Ava with her award, Neicy Nash, Ashley Madekwe, Zoe Kravitz and Alexandra Shipp were among the other fabulous women in attendance. Most kept it classic with silk tuxedo jackets and all black numbers.

Check out the photos from this swanky soiree inside.

Image Credits: Getty Images/ELLE

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