Kerry Washington, White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

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Hollywood and politics have officially collided for the most glamorous evening in Washington, D.C—the Oscars of Capitol Hill. 

The 2016 White House Correspondents Dinner has officially begun as throngs of celebrities, journalists, presidential hopefuls and government figures step out onto the red carpet at the Washington Hilton Hotel in our nation's capitol. 

This is a hallmark occasion for President Barack Obama, who will take the podium at the annual affair for the last time of his presidency. 

While plenty of real-life political experts will join Obama tonight—including Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders—he will also be in the company of those who emulate Washington politics for a living on the small screen.

Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes was surrounded by her Gladiators on the bustling red carpet tonight, including Kerry Washington, Scott Foley, Bellamy Young and Tony Goldwyn

Kendall Jenner, White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

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Fellow A-list stars Priyanka ChopraBryan Cranston, Kendall Jenner Emma Watson and Oscar winner Helen Mirren could also be spotted among the crowd as they made their way into the iconic hotel. 

Many of Hollywood's most celebrated entertainers will sit back and relax tonight as the evening's host, The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore, is slated to take over the mic and poke fun at this year's attendees—and even the president won't be off limits. 

"It's a night when people try to not take themselves too seriously, where you can zing everybody, including the president," he said in an interview with Vogue. "That's the approach that I'm taking: Everybody expects zingers, so I'll zing."

 

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