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Pre-Oscar Gala Celebrates Female Directors in Television and Film

As a prelude to the Academy Awards on Sunday, Uptown Magazine held a pre-Oscar gala celebrating “Women Directors in Television and Film.” Dee Rees, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Stella Meghie and Chandra Wilson were recognized for Their Outstanding Achievements in TV and Film.

(L-R) Aaron Walton, Chandra Wilson, Dee Rees, Stella Meghie, Gina Prince Bythewood and Len Burnett attend Uptown Honors Hollywood Pre-Oscar Gala on February 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Shola Orolugbagbe/Royalty Images)

Jurnee Smollette-Bell, DeWanda Wise, Denise Boutte, Tika Sumpter and actor Dorian Missick,“Extra” tv personality Tanika Ray, writer/producer Misha Green (“Underground”) were some of the many celebrities in attendance.

Dorian Missick and Simone Missick attends Uptown Honors Hollywood Pre-Oscar Gala on February 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Shola Orolugbagbe/Royalty Images)

Denise Boutte attends Uptown Honors Hollywood Pre-Oscar Gala on February 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Shola Orolugbagbe/Royalty Images)

“For Black History Month, we are extremely excited to recognize the achievements of African American women who are trailblazers behind the lens and telling diverse, compelling stories as filmmakers,” said Len Burnett, co-CEO and chief revenue officer of Uptown Ventures Group. “Not only is it important to acknowledge the contributions of women in filmmaking, but we must advocate for their equality and empower them to make advances in the industry.”

Kenny Lattimore attends Uptown Honors Hollywood Pre-Oscar Gala on February 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Shola Orolugbagbe/Royalty Images)

Stella Meghie attends Uptown Honors Hollywood Pre-Oscar Gala on February 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Shola Orolugbagbe/Royalty Images)




In accepting their awards, each honoree acknowledged the impact of each other’s work, and a diligence to break the glass ceiling and continue to open the pathway for other women behind them.

Jurnee Smollett attends Uptown Honors Hollywood Pre-Oscar Gala on February 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Shola Orolugbagbe/Royalty Images)

Past honorees include Nia Long, Will Packer, Malcolm D. Lee, Lee Daniels, Ava DuVernay, Reggie and Warrington Hudlin.

Jurnee Smollett attends Uptown Honors Hollywood Pre-Oscar Gala on February 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Shola Orolugbagbe/Royalty Images)

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos by Earl Gibson & Royalty Image

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