Emma Stone, Paula Patton & Viola Davis: ESSENCE Luncheon Ladies

Posted Thursday February 23, 2012 7:56 PM GMT

Gathering together for a festive midday celebration, a handful of ladies took to the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California for the 5th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon on Thursday (February 23).

Dominating the guest list were the stars of the Oscar nominated movie "The Help," as Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer all showed up for the ESSENCE event.

With Miss Spencer being among the honorees, other gals being feted during the course of the day included ESSENCE March cover girl Kerry Washington and "Mission: Impossible" actress Paula Patton, as well as Pam Grier and "Grey's Anatomy" creator and executive producer, Shonda Rhimes.

With singers Jordin Sparks and Kelly Rowland rounding out the guest list, the annual event "celebrates the brightest stars who, through their work, have helped illuminate positive images of Black women worldwide."

Talking about the place of black women in entertainment in the latest issue of ESSENCE, Miss Washington proudly said, "The landscape of who has the power is changing. We are in more influential positions and are able to have a say in the stories that are told. I feel very lucky to be in business right now."

Photo Credit: Getty Images