October 7, 2013 at 10:42 am #114360
These things are so silly but sometimes indicative (primarily of that fact that the Hollywood Film Awards want to get enough names they can get to attend this ceremony).
Anyway, here are the winners:
Producer: Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips)
Screenwriters: Richard Linklater, Julie Deply, Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight)
Breakout Director: Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Director: Lee Daniels (The Butler)
Ensemble: August Osage County
Career Achievement: Harrison Ford (42)
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Supporting Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners)
Supporting Actress: Julia Roberts (August Osage County)
Breakout Performance: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
New Hollywood Award: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Legend Award: Jerry Weintraub
Animated: Monsters University
Visual Effects: Pacific RimOctober 7, 2013 at 11:39 am #114362
This is a for-profit film festival (sort of an oxymoron) that gives awards to those studios who basically pay for the events. They are not consider as anything but a paid PR event.October 7, 2013 at 11:49 am #114363
In what way is Dallas Buyers Club Leto’s “breakout performance?”October 7, 2013 at 11:58 am #114364
This sort of settles the issue of whether Weinstein and Warners are going to foist category fraud for Roberts and Gyllenhaal. Hopefully both don’t get nominated so that cheaters don’t prosper.October 7, 2013 at 12:52 pm #114365
Gyllenhaal probably won’t, but I’m sure Roberts will. The Academy has nobody to blame but themselves. People should have said something when Annette and Julianne both went Lead for The Kids Are All Right – Julianne missed but just a few years later they award Christoph for his category fraud in Inglorious Basterds (he was co-lead with Foxx, DiCaprio and Jackson were supporting). That in itself says if you have two leads in the same sex for a film, one of them better go supporting or we won’t reward them. Julianne even had the support of Critics circles and still missed out. They set the precedent themselves, everyone else is just following along. Blame AMPAS.October 7, 2013 at 8:11 pm #114366
Yup vivOctober 7, 2013 at 8:13 pm #114367
Pacific Rim for Visual Effects? Awesome!October 8, 2013 at 9:12 am #114368
Best wishes to Tom Hanks. Type 2 Diabetes is tough. I hope he gets a Best Actor NomOctober 8, 2013 at 9:29 am #114369
Well, it appears they have covered their bases considerably. Some “iffy” stuff up there, but nothing out of the ordinary.
Ps to Sandberg: My hunch is that Tom gets a nom for Captain Phillips. He might even score one for Supporting as well.October 21, 2013 at 10:44 pm #114370
Some interesting facts regarding the Hollywood Film Awards, handed out last night:
The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Festival kicked off the award season on Thursday, October 17. Tonight at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the festival will host their companion event, the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, honoring directors, producers, actors, and breakthrough performances. This year honorees include Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthew McConaughey and Coldplay.
Unlike other award shows, the recipients of these film awards are not competing, rather they’re selected to be honored for their body of work and/or film(s) released during the calendar year. The first ceremony took place in 1997 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Kirk Douglas took home the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award.” Over the last ten years honorees have landed 96 nominations and 34 Academy Awards. Instead of naming a best film, the Hollywood Film Awards honor producers and ensemble casts. In the last three years, director Tom Hooper (King’s Speech) and the ensemble cast of Argo were honored and would later take home Oscars.
Attendees like Benedict Cumberbatch, Steve McQueen, and Meryl Streep will mark this as their first stop in the award circuit. Dick Clark Productions and Carlos de Abreu are on board this year to produce the event. Although the event has never been televised, knowing the producers at Dick Clark Productions, which are also credited with The Golden Globes, this ceremony may just find its way to air in 2014. Also, People.com will be hosting a live stream of the red carpet beginning at 6pm PST.
The Hollywood Film Festival and Awards are just one stop among many for those seeking the ultimate prize. Below, SSN takes a look at the numerous award shows in past seasons and their correlation to the main event in February.October 21, 2013 at 11:07 pm #114371
Kanye West presented to Steve McQueen
Robert Downey Jr. presented to his friend Jared Leto
Sean Penn presented to his friend Julia Roberts
Jennifer Garner prestented to her friend Matthew McConaughey
Octavia Spencer presented to her friend Sandra Bullock
Margo Martindale and Chris Cooper accepted the award for August Osage County (the entire cast was on stage except Benedict and Meryl who weren’t there because they’re shooting films)
Jane Fonda and Forest Whitaker presented to Lee DanielsOctober 22, 2013 at 1:09 am #114372
Hollywood Film Awards: A Parade of Stars Vying for Oscar (Analysis)
11:38 PM PDT 10/21/2013 by Scott Feinberg
Kanye West made a surprise appearance, Lupita Nyong’o broke down in tears, Sandra Bullock cracked jokes, Chris Martin performed and Julia Roberts went barefoot at the first awards show of the 2013 season.
The 17th Hollywood Film Awards, the first awards show of the 2013 film awards season, took place on Monday night at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Thanks the announcement of the show’s award recipients in the weeks leading up to the gala ceremony, every big-name winner was in attendance — among them Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Jake Gyllenhaal, Julia Roberts and Harrison Ford — along with famous friends to present them with their awards, such as Robert Downey, Jr. and Jane Fonda.
In the meantime, though, here, in no particular order, is a short summary of some of the night’s highlights…
- The first award of the night, the Hollywood Breakout Director Award, was presented to 12 Years a Slave helmer Steve McQueen — by none other than Kanye West, who said that he flew in for the event from San Francisco on his girlfriend Kim Kardashian‘s 33rd birthday because he felt it was so important to honor McQueen’s achievement. He said, “I’ve always admired Steve’s work,” noting that he has attended exhibits of his video art and enjoyed his past films (Hunger and Shame), but said he was particularly impressed by 12 Years. “It was extremely moving,” he said, noting how impressed he was with how long McQueen held some shots. (According to reports, West immediately flew back to San Francisco and made up his brief absence to Kardashian by proposing to her.) McQueen, for his part, joked, “I’ve arrived!” before adding, more seriously, that he made the film with the goal of helping to reach a “reconciliation with the past in order get to a brighter future.”
- Hollywood Actor Award recipient McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), who received his statuette from costar Jennifer Garner, had the audience wrapped around his fingers with a folksy acceptance speech in which he acknowledged the many other people in the room with whom he has worked over the past 20 years and emphasized how his recommitment to acting a few years ago — which led to his appearances over the past two years in the films Magic Mike, Killer Joe, Mud, the forthcoming The Wolf of Wall Street and Dallas Buyers Club — has been such a personally if not financially rewarding experience for him. In Oscar campaign speak, he nailed his talking points and certainly won over the room.
- Coldplay’s Chris Martin, en route to accepting the Hollywood Song Award on behalf of his band for their song “Atlas” on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘s soundtrack, gave a solo performance of the song — the first he has ever done publicly — to a considerable ovation.
- August: Osage County‘s Roberts took the stage barefoot, after a playful introduction by friend Sean Penn and a clip of a raucous scene from the film, to accept the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award. She joked, “Well, Jesus, how the fuck do I say anything after that?” before acknowledging how grateful she is that the film offered her the chance to realize “my personal dream” of working with Meryl Streep. Streep was not present at the ceremony, but most of the rest of the film’s cast was on hand to collect the Hollywood Ensemble Award.
- Hollywood Breakout Performance Award winner Jared Leto, who dropped 40 pounds for the part of a transsexual in Dallas Buyers Club for which he was being honored, was back in fighting shape to collect his award from pal Downey. Noting that he’s been acting for years, he said he was very grateful for the honor because “I’ve actually never received an award for anything I’ve ever done on screen” and adding, “To get a Breakout Award at the ripe young age of 41 is pretty incredible.”
- 12 Years a Slave newcomer and scene-stealer Lupita Nyong’o received a great build-up from Angela Bassett before taking the stage, in a bright yellow dress, to collect the New Hollywood Award — and then had the audience enraptured as she tearfully thanked her collaborators on the film and her mother. It was one of the best received speeches of the night and only further bolsters her standing as a top contender for the best supporting actress Oscar.
- Oscar winner Octavia Spencer sang the praises of Hollywood Actress Award recipient Sandra Bullock (Gravity), with whom she has been friends since Bullock starred in and Spencer worked as a P.A. on the 1996 film A Time to Kill, before Bullock brought the house down with her acceptance speech. Playing off of a remark that McConaughey had made in his own speech about his wife’s advice that he “Sac up” and do his best at things, Bullock thanked the Hollywood community for all of its support over the years. “It’s allowed me to grab my sac, and pull my sac up high and walk forward with that sac.” She expressed gratitude for continued great opportunities, noting, “I don’t want to go to posture — it’s cold and I’m allergic to grass!”
- Fonda and Forest Whitaker, two of the stars of Lee Daniels’ The Butler, presented Lee Daniels with the Hollywood Director Award. Daniels noted the irony of his award featuring the word Hollywood in its title because his film was made without the interest or support of virtually any Hollywood studio, noting that it was the late Laura Ziskin who is most responsible for making it happen: “On her deathbed we were rewriting the script. Literally.” He also thanked his mother, who he said he used to tease when he was a kid for having false teeth. One day, on an Election Day when he was in his twenties, she asked him if he had voted, and when he said that he had not because he had to study for exams she responded with outrage: “Boy, I got my teeth knocked out so you could vote.” He said, “This movie is dedicated to her.”
- 42 writer-director Brian Helgeland presented the Hollywood Career Award — the last award of the night — to that film’s supporting actor Oscar hopeful Ford, who took the stage to the night’s sole standing ovation. Ford, the star of many of the most critically and commercially successful films of the last 40 years, spoke in a soft voice as he thanked Hollywood and the many people who have supported him over the years for giving him “a useful purpose to make of my confusion, my interest, my wonder, and my passion.” He said, “It’s given me opportunities I never would have imagined for myself,” before emphasizing, “There’s a lot that I still want to do.”
- Viola Davis presented her Prisoners costar Jake Gyllenhaal with the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for his portrayal of the lead detective in a mysterious kidnapping case in the hit film. Gyllenhaal remarked, “I wanted to do the movie because it’s so balls to the wall… it’s not a storybook version.”
- Jack Black presented the Hollywood Screenwriter Award to his School of Rock and Bernie collaborator Richard Linklater and Linklater’s Before Midnight cowriters and stars Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. After noting that Midnight — the third installment in the Before series, after Before Sunrise and Before Sunset — is the best reviewed film of the year, so far, Black cracked, “I’m not a fucking award-winning writer, I’m just a dude who wants to be in the next installment, Before the Eclipse.” As the honorees stumbled over each other’s words at the podium, Linklater joked that this is why “People think that the movies are very improvised. They’re actually entirely scripted.” Hawke then got big laughs by joking that the film’s success was owed less to the script than the actors, who he wished to thank.
- The Book Thief‘s supporting actor Geoffrey Rush presented the Hollywood Spotlight Award, which recognizes up-and-coming talent, to three people: Fruitvale Station‘s Michael B. Jordan, who noted of his film, “It’s so timely right now”; Lee Daniels’ The Butler‘s Daniel Oyelowo, who, in a Nigerian accent, imitated his father’s long-ago advice to him that his decision to pursue acting was “a terrible, catastrophic idea,” and then thanked Daniels, who “took me and believed in me and put me in two films back-to-back [The Paperboy and The Butler] in which I became a better actor and a better man”; and Rush’s 13-year-old Book Thief costar Sophie Nelisse, who said, “I think it’s so cool to get an award on the same stage as so many great artists” and said, “This is the kindest welcome I could ever imagine from Hollywood — I’m really touched to be here.”
- Captain Phillips supporting actor Oscar hopeful Barkhad Abdi presented the Hollywood Producer Award to Michael De Luca, who co-produced that film and many others including The Social Network and Moneyball. The Somali-born actor, who was a complete unknown prior to the release of the hit film, called De Luca, “Someone who truly helped change my life.” De Luca, in turn, acknowledged his producing partners Scott Rudin and Dana Brunetti and heaped praise on the film’s director Paul Greengrass: “I am standing here because of all the work he did.”
- Sean Hayes presented the Hollywood Animation Award to Monsters University director Dan Scanlon.
THR also had exclusive access to the backstage green room, which was often overflowing — literally — with A-listers. Among the fun sights and sounds there:
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- Abdi approached McConaughey and saying, “Nice to meet you — I watch your movies a lot!”
- When Hawke entered the room he marveled aloud, “You got McConaughey here! You got Jack Black here!”
It was alot of big names who attended, I see.October 22, 2013 at 3:39 am #114374
Deadline on the rellevancy and potential importance of the Hollywood Film Awards, as a ”first mandatory stop in the awards season”.
Nancy O’Dell, host for the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Monday night at the Beverly Hilton, looked across the impressive star-studded room and said, “this is just like the Oscars”. Uh, not exactly. It’s not just like the Golden Globes or The Critics Choice Awards either, but it’s become a pretty good warm-up act for all of them. ”We used to make fun of this show, but not so much anymore, ” said one industry observer. In fact the cover of the slick program says it all: ”first mandatory stop in the awards season”. And this brainchild of Carlos de Abreu who is the arbiter and chief negotiator of who gets what has really been growing. The studios seem to love it because they essentially get to dictate the winners and plant a flag for one film or another early in the season. No one takes the actual award too seriously , but getting the opportunity to be seen holding that award is another thing altogether.
In its early days stars would come in the back of the Hilton , make an appearance on stage to accept an award and get a photo opp and then make a hasty retreat. Now most of them stayed all night for the nearly three and a half hour show schmoozing, seeing old friends and subtly campaigning. One person at the Disney table where I was sitting (Director Dan Scanlon won the Hollywood Animation Award for Pixar’s smash sequel Monsters University) put it succintly saying about the appeal of this show, “if they show up it’s worth it, if they don’t show up it’s not worth it”. They showed up.
And there was lots of high star wattage in the room including various winners like Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford and Jared Leto plus presenters like Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jr. Kanye West, Geoffrey Rush, Bruce Willis, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jane Fonda, Forest Whitaker and others.
Studio heads like 20th’s Jim Gianopulos , Warners’ Kevin Tsujihara, Searchlight’s Nancy Utley and Harvey Weinstein were also in the room for the show which has never been televised but will be next year according to an announcement by O’Dell. Dick Clark Productions, which also produces the Globes, has now got a stake in the event and plans to start exploiting it in 2014. Just how it will all play on tv when there are no nominees, only winners, and most of the viewers will not have seen any of the movies rewarded on this very early mid-October Hollywood lovefest (Hell, not many of the industry audience or even the presenters had seen most of the films yet) is anybody’s guess.
It doesn’t really matter. This has become a great place to try out your speeches for other shows and be seen by a large number of Oscar voters with an award in your hand. The show even offers a teleprompter for nervous recipients – just getting their toes wet on the 2013 awards circuit – who want to read their remarks. Afterwards I spoke with Hollywood Actor of the Year McConaughey who said he doesn’t do well with telepromters and didn’t take the producers up on their offer. He gave a charming , funny, leisurely speech highlighting the films he’s made in the past couple of years and offering shout-outs to old friends like Hollywood Screenwriter winner Richard Linklater who gave him his start in Dazed And Confused. “I just started talking and eventually it all came around in the end,” he laughed. I would hazard a guess this Dallas Buyers Club star will have a few more chances to deliver a speech this season.
After a seven minute introduction by a rambling Penn to “his neighbor” Julia Roberts in which he obsessed on her eating habits , Roberts , named Hollywood Supporting Actress for August Osage County (which also took the Hollywood Ensemble Award) thanked de Abreu ”Carlos, the mysterious Carlos” for the party and explained the only way her husband convinced her to fly in was because “it’s not televised and I knew I won”. Kanye West also flew in from San Francisco to present 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen with his “breakthrough award” leading to an eloquent acceptance from the director who actually broke through a while ago. But never mind. An award is an award.
Leto was particularly funny, thanking the HFF for his own “breakthough” award at age 41. “It’s crazy what happens when people find out that you look great in a skirt. You get invited to all the cool parties” he said of the honor for playing the transgender Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club. “I’ve actually never gotten an award for anything I have ever done on screen until now,” he said noting it’s his first film in 6 years.
In one of the night’s many references to the ubitiqous Weinstein Sandra Bullock took her acceptance for Gravity as Hollywood Actress of the Year to lobby him for a job. “Harvey , why don’t you hire me? I even wore your wife’s dress,” she said about the mogul’s designer spouse.
Weinstein himself later told me he was most impressed by the speech given by Lee Daniels, Hollywood Director of the Year for his company’s Lee Daniels’ The Butler . And it was indeed one of the evening’s hightlights in terms of sincerity and smarts. “It’s weird that it’s called the Hollywood Film Awards because Hollywood was not for this movie. Every studio passed. But this is for (producer) Laura Ziskin’s memory. She said ‘you can do it’, ” he said noting they even worked on Danny Strong’s script literally on her deathbed. He also saluted the other African American directors such as McQueen and Fruitvale Station’s Ryan Coogler saying he was so happy to be part of such a great year for black filmmakers. “I’m not the only spot in the spot for once,” he said. Weinstein plans to make a big Oscar push for the hit film that opened in August and has grossed well over $100 million. Ironically he was sitting directly in front of Tsujihara and the table for Warners, the studio that tried to prevent Weinstein from using the name The Butler and inadvertently gave the movie a ton of publicity.
Tsujihara and marketing wizard Sue Kroll flanked Bullock all evening while another current Warners star, Harrison Ford won the only standing ovation of the night receiving the Hollywood Career Achievement Award from his 42 writer/director Brian Helgeland. “It means so much to be in this community of people dedicated to telling stories…At this stage of my career there’s a lot left that I want to do,” he said. Ford is being campaigned by Warners for a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work as owner Branch Rickey in the April release about Jackie Robinson.
But it was another career award that clearly stole the show when producer Jerry Weintraub accepted his Hollywood Legend Award. He was hilarious in talking about the real meaning of awards in Hollywood, putting this game all in shrewd perspective. ”My first award was about 45 years ago and I got it here about ten feet over. Sinatra gave it to me when I came to town – I was working with him – and he said ‘look kid we’ve gotta give you an award. We’ve gotta make you important in town. You can’t be with me at Chasen’s having dinner and nobody knows who the hell you are. We’re gonna figure something else. So he got me, my first night in town, the NAACP award and the b’nai b’rith, all in the same night,” he said adding that he really learned about Hollywood awards years later from Lew Wasserman, his “only boss”, when a group of industry figures insisted on giving Weintraub the Variety Clubs Award. He didn’t want another piece of hardware at that point and kept turning it down. He even suggested another potential recipient. ”Three houses down there’s a guy named Lew Wasserman. Why don’t you give it to him? And they said ‘we did but he sent us over to you!”
As for this Hollywood Legend award Weintraub also hesitated when his publicist Paul Bloch called him about the honor. “A few days later he called me and said, ‘I want you to do this. It’s a precursor to the Academy’s . It’s very important. Do this award. I said ‘Paul I don’t like it’. He said ‘Why , what’s wrong?’ and I said ‘Well when i was in my 30′s Sinatra gave me the b’nai b’rith and the NAACP, then I got the Variety Club, then I got this, I got that, I got Cedars , I got St. Johns, I got all this stuff. I got all these awards in my house. They are all going on Ebay when I die. In my 30′s I already had awards and in my 40′s they called me an icon. Now in my 70′s they want to call me a legend. The next stop is Hillside Cemetery.”
If you want to know the true meaning of awards – Hollywood or otherwise – just ask Jerry Weintraub.