HOLLYWOOD’S leading ladies have gathered together for an amazing photograph for Vanity Fair’s 2016 Hollywood issue cover, The Sun reports. The powerful all-female image features all of the contenders for the Best Actress gong at the Academy Awards: Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Charlotte Rampling, Jennifer Lawrence and Saoirse Ronan.
The mixed group – all wearing black – were photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the magazine’s 22nd annual special edition, which also features an array of other esteemed stars. Rising stars such as Alicia Vikander and Gugu Mbatha-Raw sit alongside veterans Dame Helen Mirren, Diane Keaton and Viola Davis and Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o and Rachel Weisz..
As well as notably only featuring women, it boasts a more diverse line-up of ethnicities than last year’s issue, following the controversy around nominations at this year’s Oscars. Several black stars of the screen including Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have called for a boycott of the ceremony with the Academy Awards promising to review their panel of judges for future years.
Cate, Viola, Jennifer and Jane Fonda are the four women who appear before the fold – all of whom have been vocal about problems within the film industry in the last year. While Cate has spoken out about the “lazy thinking” which limits opportunities for women to succeed both behind and in front of the camera, Viola has campaigned for greater diversity and Jane has talked about the requirement for equal representation in films.
Last year, Jennifer also hit the headlines when she came out in support of equal pay for men and women. While the Hunger Games actress wears a conservative frock, Cate takes the plunge in a revealing number and Jane covers up in a shimmering jumpsuit. Diane Keaton wears a bowler hat and is wrapped up in a warm jacket while the majority of others wear glamorous ball gowns.
Dame Helen exposes her shoulders in a gothic number while Gugu flaunts her super slim waist standing behind her. Meanwhile, Brie – who is nominated for her exceptional role in Room – lays sprawled out on the floor in front of the other ladies, resting a hand on her leg in a shimmering dress.
The Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue is available on newsstands in New York and Los Angeles, and on devices on Thursday, February 4, and nationally on Tuesday, February 8.