Madonna, James Franco & Salma Hayek Help Celebrate Gucci Women In Cinema Awards [PHOTOS]

Pop icon Madonna, wearing Gucci, presented the 2011 Gucci Award for Women in Cinema during a ceremony and private dinner to be hosted by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini on Friday (September 2) on the sidelines of the 68th Venice International Film Festival.

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Madonna is in Venice to promote her her film W.E. at the Venice Film Festival, which co-stars Abbie Cornish, who also attended the Gucci event wearing Gucci.

James Franco, actresses Robin Wright and Valeria Golino, and film journalist Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan will help Giannini select the winner, who will have a $25,000 grant donated in their name to the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

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Actress Jessica Chastain, Salma Hayek and Evan Rachel Wood were among some of the other attendees at the event.