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EVENT FAB: Kanye West & Angela Bassett Pay TRIBUTE To Steve McQueen & Lupita Nyong'o At The Hollywood Film Awards

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Kanye West and Angela Bassett both appeared at The Hollywood Film Awards last night to present awards to Steve McQueen and Lupita Nyong'o. Check out the fab pics and find out why Steve and Lupita were honored inside....


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Last night, some of Hollywood's finest and most glamorous stars gathered for the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.  And our new fave YBF chick Lupita was simply stunning in yellow as usual.

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The Hollywood Film Awards, founded in 1997 and determined by founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu and an advisory committee, have proven to be a great indicator of future Academy Award nominees. This year, Oscar-nominee Angela Bassett was on hand to present an award to 12 Years a Slave newcomer/scene-stealer Lupita Nyong'o.

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We gushed about the Yale School of Drama graduate a few weeks ago (Angela is also an alum) where we revealed that 12 Years A Slave was her big Hollywood debut.

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Angela remarked that Lupita gave "a breakthrough performance that you will not soon forget" before the fab chick accepted the New Hollywood Award. She also tearfully thanked her mother and director/fellow honoree Steve McQueen. "Steve, I will never forget this opportunity you gave to me... I am so proud to be a part of 12 Years a Slave."

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Newly-engaged rapper Kanye West attended the ceremony to honor director Steve McQueen.

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Kanye presented the first award of the night, the Hollywood Breakout Director Award, to Steve for his film 12 Years a Slave.  While accepting the award, Steve joked,  "I've arrived!" before explaining that he took on the project to foster a "reconciliation with the past in order get to a brighter future."

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THR reports that Kanye flew in to L.A. from from San Francisco to present the award to Steve and he said, "I've always admired Steve's work," noting that the movie was "..extremely moving."  After the ceremony, Kanye hopped a flight back to San Francisco where he popped the question to Kim!

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Also, Jane Fonda and Forest Whitaker presented Lee Daniels with the Hollywood Director Award for his success with Lee Daniels' The Butler.

Congrats to the YBF folks!

Photos via WireImage/Hollywood Awards Twitter




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