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The accolades and honors just keep rolling in for Octavia Spencer. Essence magazine has named the Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee one of five women who will be honored at its 5th annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon on Feb. 23. While Spencer will receive the Breakthrough Award for her role in The Help, other honorees include Pam Grier (Foxy Brown) for the Legend Award, Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy) for the Visionary Award, Kerry Washington (Scandal, Rhimes’ upcoming show) for the Vanguard Award, and Paula Patton (Jumping the Broom) for the Shining Star award.

“Black women actors, writers, directors, and producers still lack diverse opportunities in Hollywood and, unfortunately, are often overlooked during awards season,” said Essence editor-in-chief Constance White in a statement. “The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon exists to provide a fitting tribute to the brilliant talent and accomplishments of African-American trailblazers like Kerry, Pam, Paula, Octavia, and Shonda, and celebrate their collective work as an inspiration for generations to come.”

Catch the red carpet arrivals and luncheon live streamed on from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST, and re-airing that evening at 9 p.m. EST as part of the Oscar-week walk-up.

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