Galas, Fests & Parties 2014

Flashback: Go Inside Last Year's HFAs

Sandra Bullock! Matthew McConaughey! Julia Roberts! See who stepped out to kick off awards season at the 17th annual event

LUPITA NYONG'O

The 12 Years a Slave star and New Hollywood Award honoree flaunts her recently acquired red-carpet skills before the show. "I think the role chose me more than I chose the role," she tells PEOPLE, adding, "I was just looking for work, and then I got this."