Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow honored at Elle’s 17th Women in Hollywood Event

Elle honored Jodie Foster, Diane Keaton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Sofia Coppola, Hilary Swank, Kerry Washington, Diane Kruger and Jessica Chastain for their 17th annual Women in Hollywood issue, which hits stands October 20. A slew of big names turned out for the crowning event, the Women in Hollywood gala.

Gwyneth Paltrow

It was quite the A-list affair at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, where Adam Shankman hosted an all-star night celebrating Elle‘s Women in Hollywood on October 18.

“Women run Hollywood. Absolutely run Hollywood,” presenter Harrison Ford said. “And I’m glad.”

Hot mama Goldie Hawn presented Kate Hudson with her honor and Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, Emma Roberts, Kat Dennings, Melissa George, Molly Sims, Rachel Zoe, Cara Buono, Viola Davis, Alyson Hannigan, Michelle Monaghan and Elle power players Robbie Myers and Robin Domeniconi were also spotted at the party.

Shankman and Ford, however, did not have all those hot Hollywood ladies to themselves. Several Tinseltown men were on hand to honor their leading ladies. Sofia Coppola was escorted by Stephen Dorff, who is in her upcoming flick Somewhere, and Sam Rockwell, Quentin Tarantino and Jake Gyllenhaal presented statues and kudos to Swank, Kruger and Paltrow, respectively.

“She’s not a mere mortal like the rest of us,” Gyllenhaal said of Paltrow. “She is an Internet-savvy, chicken-cooking, Academy Award-winning, octo-lingual, or something like that, lifestyle guru. Thanks for making all of us look lazy.”

Kate HudsonJodie Foster, Diane Keaton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Sofia Coppola and Hilary Swank are Hollywood royalty who need no introduction, but some may find the names Kerry Washington, Diane Kruger and Jessica Chastain ring less familiar.

Washington, who was in Ray, is set to star in the much hyped For Colored Girls; while Kruger, who shined in Inglourious Basterds and National Treasure, has two films due out next year, including Unknown White Male with Liam Neeson and January Jones.

Chastain nabbed Calvin Klein Collection’s Emerging Artist spotlight award and with a slew of films set to hit theaters over the next year, including The Tree of Life and The Help, she’s preparing for that breakthrough to hit.

“I guess I’ll miss leaving the house in sweat pants,” Chastain said. “They’ll just have to be really fabulous sweat pants now.”


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