Stars cel­e­brate awards sea­son early

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Much like the Amer­i­can pres­i­den­tial race, it’s never too early to start cam­paign­ing for Hol­ly­wood’s awards sea­son and stars got an early chance Sun­day at the Hol­ly­wood Film Awards.

The show has been crit­i­cized for its neb­u­lous se­lec­tion process and odd tra­di­tion of rec­og­niz­ing films be­fore they’re re­leased, but the un­tele­vised cer­e­mony at the Beverly Hil­ton Ho­tel still drew an A-list crowd.

“Tonight is ac­tu­ally rigged,” host James Cor­den told the au­di­ence. “Lit­er­ally, none of this is real.”

That didn’t stop such ac­tors as Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ni­cole Kid­man, Natalie Port­man and Matthew McConaughey from show­ing up to ac­cept tro­phies. There were no nom­i­nees and win­ners were an­nounced in ad­vance. The Hol­ly­wood Film Awards joined with Dick Clark Pro­duc­tions in 2014, when the show was broad­cast on CBS.

The pro­gram is no longer tele­vised, but it’s still scripted, with most stars read­ing from a prompter. Artists ac­cept­ing awards, though, did do so sin­cerely.

Ed­die Mur­phyre­ceived the ca­reer achieve­ment award. He was greeted with a stand­ing ova­tion, which he said “warms the cock­les of one’s heart on a Sun­day.” Nom­i­na­tions for the Golden Globes will be an­nounced Dec. 12. The Screen Ac­tors Guild re­veals its nom­i­nees Dec. 14 and the Academy Awards on Jan. 24, 2017.

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