Hollywood actresses celebrate women's progress in film, politics

Actor and honoree Amy Adams poses at the 23rd annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles, California US on Oct 24, 2016.
Actor and honoree Amy Adams poses at the 23rd annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles, California US on Oct 24, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) - A host of female stars have turned out to celebrate the Elle "Women in Hollywood"awards in Beverly Hills as the US election, which could provide the United States with its first female president, draws near.

Actresses Felicity Jones and Lupita Nyong'o as well asTwilight co-stars Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning hit the red carpet on Monday (Oct 24) for the annual awards that celebrate the contribution of women to the film industry.

Many of the actresses touched on the US election, just two weeks away, which could see Hillary Clinton become America's first female president.

"I think the power and the presence of America on the international stage in the world it will really be sending an amazing message if there is a female president," said British actress Helen Mirren.

"I've been to these events before and it is a lot of fun to get women together to tell their stories ... especially now during this election process when women have had some dirt kicked on them," said Oscar winner Kathy Bates, alluding to the rhetoric that has marked the political campaign.

Enchanted actress Amy Adams was also among the actresses honoured by Elle and she struck a forward-looking note.

"There is always more work to be done, but I choose to focus on the positive," said Adams.

"There are so many wonderful women who are making great strides to create change and I think we need to focus on that."