Awards season is well underway so the stars have been pulling out all the stops to out do each other on the various red carpets.

It was the NAACP Image Awards on Friday evening, and Halle Berry wasn’t the only star that caused waves at the bash.

Django Unchained star Kerry Washington showed why she is one of Hollywood’s hottest stars at the moment, stunning on the red carpet in a pastel gown.

Red carpet winner: Kerry Washington stunned as she arrived at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, on Friday
Red carpet winner: Kerry Washington stunned as she arrived at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, on Friday
Three times a charm: Washington won three awards including Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series award for Scandal
Three times a charm: Washington won three awards including Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series award for Scandal

 

Pretty in pink: The actress looked feminine and polished in the ball gown
Pretty in pink: The actress looked feminine and polished in the ball gown

Pretty in pink: The actress looked feminine and polished in the ball gown

 

Proud parents: Kerry's parents, Valerie Washington and Earl Washington, accompanied their daughter
Proud parents: Kerry’s parents, Valerie Washington and Earl Washington, accompanied their daughter

While some have been critical of the film for both its violence and its portrayal of African Americans, in accepting the award Kerry made it clear that she was very proud of the film.

‘This award doesn’t belong to me – it belongs to our ancestors,’ she told the star studded audience.

‘We see ourselves in each others stories.’

Relaxed look: The Scandal actress wore her hair in a quiff on the top of her head with the rest of her hair loose and flowing
Relaxed look: The Scandal actress wore her hair in a quiff on the top of her head with the rest of her hair loose and flowing

 

Accessory accents: The 36-year-old accessorised her look with a pink clutch and nude shoes
Accessory accents: The 36-year-old accessorised her look with a pink clutch and nude shoes

Accessory accents: The 36-year-old accessorised her look with a pink clutch and nude shoes

 

Dapper co-star: Her Django Unchained co-star Jamie Foxx who looked handsome in a classic black tux and bow tie. He was awarded Entertainer Of The Year
Dapper co-star: Her Django Unchained co-star Jamie Foxx who looked handsome in a classic black tux and bow tie. He was awarded Entertainer Of The Year
Laugh out loud: Lance Gross won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Tyler Perry's House of PayneLaugh out loud: Lance Gross won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne

The actress landed herself three awards including for Best Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Scandal.

She was also recognised for being a trailblazer as a black woman in a leading role in a prime time series and was given the NAACP President’s Award.

The actress then used her speech to encourage others rather than just thanking people.

‘Be bold. Be bright. Be Black,’ the actress said.

Joking around: While Kerry won serious awards she still found time to joke with presenter Tony GoldwynJoking around: While Kerry won serious awards she still found time to joke with presenter Tony Goldwyn

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