Lupita Nyong'o will be honored for her breakout performance in 12 Years a Slave

By Andrea Billups
Updated February 27, 2014 02:15 PM
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The seventh annual Essence magazine Black Women in Hollywood luncheon kicks off Thursday, and you can catch all of the red carpet action on

The stars start arriving at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the event, which honors African-American women in the entertainment industry.

This year’s top honorees include Lupita Nyong’o, receiving an award for best breakout performance for 12 Years a Slave, as well as Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who will receive the Trailblazer Award, and Ava DuVernay, a writer, producer, director and independent filmmaker, who will be honored with the Visionary Award.

The event will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which was signed in 1964. A tribute will honor Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Nichelle Nichols, Jim Brown, Clarence Williams III and Denise Nicholas.