George and Amal Clooney were impeccably dressed when they played host at the Clooney Foundation For Justice Inaugural Albie Awards at the New York Public Library on Thursday.
The star-studded affair included a number celebrities and profile people who lent their support to the cause, all while decked out in their fashion best
The awards honored people who have devoted their lives to justice, and was named after Justice Albie Sachs, a lawyer and former judge who was imprisoned for his fight to end apartheid in South Africa.
Elegant: Drew Barrymore, 47, looked classy in a black gown at the Clooney Foundation For Justice Inaugural Albie Awards at the New York Public Library on Thursday
Barrymore oozed elegance when she hit the red carpet in a black gown that covered her shoulder and part of her arms with its unique design.
She accessorized with dangling earrings and four large multi-colored bracelets went up about halfway to her elbow on her left arm, while carrying a stylish black clutch purse.
Rounding out her overall look, the actress and TV daytime talk show host had her dark brown tresses styled back off her face and long down her back with added volume.
Accessorizing: The actress and daytime TV talk show host played up the accessories with four large bracelets, dangling earrings and an assortment of rings
Star-studded: Barrymore was among a slew of celebrities and high-profile people to lend their support and attend the event
In an interview with People outside the event, Clooney revealed that he and his wife collaborated for more than a year on organizing the event.
The acclaimed actor and director went on to share that the work on the Albie Awards and with their foundation is something Alma is ‘gifted at’, considering she’s a lawyer specializing in international law and human rights.
Her hard work with the foundation as an attorney ‘has gotten journalists out of Egypt, out of Azerbaijan, prisons, out of — all over the world, Myanmar,’ Clooney, 61, explained.
The two-time Oscar winner continued, ‘My father’s a journalist. I have a great affinity for them — her mother’s a journalist. So it’s really exciting for me when she’s able to get people who are wrongly accused for doing their job out [of prison]. So, for me, it’s just — I couldn’t be more proud of my wife.’
Paying tribute: The awards honored people who have devoted their lives to justice,
According to the Clooney Foundation for Justice website, the couple stated that they ‘believe justice must be waged’ and that ‘it doesn’t just happen.’
Along with helping free journalists who were unjustly held in prison, the CFJ have also done things like help young girls who were denied the right to study, work, or marry when they want.
The foundation also helps by fighting on the behalf victims of injustice through the courts.
A number justice defenders from around the world were honored at the Albie Awards, including Justice Albie Sachs who received the Lifetime Achievement Award; Filipino journalist Maria Ressa was honored with the Justice For Journalists Award; and Dr. Josephine Kulea of the Samburu Girls Foundation, a Kenyan-based organization, received the Justice For Women Award.
Child star: Barrymore first achieved fame as a child actor in the hit film ET the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) that was directed by Steven Spielberg
The event also featured such high-profile guests as Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, Bruce Spingsteen and wife Patti Scialfa, John Oliver, Diane Sawyer, Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber, as well as a few former Clooney co-stars like Julia Roberts, Julianna Margulies, and Anthony Edwards.
Th VIP list also included the likes of Oscar Isaac, Diane von Furstenberg, Donatella Versace, Dua Lipa, Zoey Deutch, Gayle King, John Krasinski, Charlotte Tilbury, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gemma Chan, Dominic Cooper, Ethan Hawke, Phoebe Dynevor, Stephanie March, Mare Winningham, and Alfre Woodard, among many others.
The Clooneys founded the Clooney Foundation For Justice in order to protect human rights and to make sure no one is above the law, all while providing resources to victims of human rights abuses.
Making a difference: The Clooneys founded the Clooney Foundation For Justice in order to protect human rights and to make sure no one is above the law, all while providing resources to victims of human rights abuses