Reese Witherspoon, Naomie Harris, Marion Cotillard and Melissa Mccarthy were among the stars honoured at Elle magazine's Women in Hollywood Awards on Monday (21Oct13).
The publication's bosses paid tribute to the female celebrities as part of their 20th annual ceremony at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
The honourees were each introduced by a celebrity pal, who shared recollections of how the star helped them get ahead in their own careers. Among the guest presenters were comedienne and talk show host Chelsea Handler, who feted her pal Witherspoon, and Kathy Bates, who celebrated McCarthy's onscreen achievements.
Audience members included Glee star Lea Michele, Emmy Rossum, Cybill Shepherd, Laura Dern, Emilia Clarke, Shailene Woodley and funnywoman Whitney Cummings.