updated 02/23/2011 AT 12:50 PM ET
•originally published 02/23/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET
The actress, 44, appeared upbeat when she accepted the Lacoste Spotlight Award at the Costume Designers Guild Awards on Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
Introduced by pal Samuel L. Jackson, Berry gave an energetic acceptance speech full of laughs and smiles, following a montage that showcased the actress’s versatility in a selection of various roles over the span of her career.
“Halle looked radiant and seemed giddy on stage,” an onlooker tells PEOPLE of Berry, clad in an Elie Saab gown. “She stuck completely on topic of the event and didn’t mention anything about her personal life, but she had a happy aura. She even skipped away from the podium when her speech was done, and gave Samuel L. Jackson a big hug.”