The night before the 88th Annual Academy Awards — which has largely been criticized with its lack of racial diversity and has spawned the hashtag #OscarsSo White — OWN celebrates some of the most powerful women in Hollywood with the primetime broadcast of the 2016 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards.
The annual ceremony, held in the week leading up to the Academy Awards, shines a spotlight on African-American women who are pushing the limits, raising the bar and breaking through barriers in both film and television. Honorees at the ninth annual ceremony include black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross (Fierce & Fearless Award); multi-talented producer, director and actress Debbie Allen (Legend Award); and entertainment attorney Nina Shaw (Lincoln Power Award).
The event will also include a performance by acclaimed R&B artist Leon Bridges, and appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, Nick Cannon, Ryan Coogler, Zendaya and more.
This is the second year that OWN has aired the ceremony as a primetime special and the ninth year of the awards ceremony. The event was held at the famed Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Feb. 25 and fans were able to watch a live stream of the event’s red carpet on ESSENCE.com.
2016 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards > OWN > Sat., Feb. 27, 10pm ET/PT