De Niro, Port­man sup­port Clin­ton on eve of elec­tion

Kuwait Times - - SPECTRUM -

With the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion less than two days away, sev­eral celebri­ties used Sun­day’s Hol­ly­wood Film Awards to stump for Hillary Clin­ton. The event-which host James Cor­den jok­ingly called “the last awards show be­fore the apoc­a­lypse” hon­ored some of the biggest names in film, in­clud­ing Matthew McConaughey, Natalie Port­man, Tom Hanks, Mel Gib­son, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro. De­spite the loom­ing elec­tion, the mood in­side the Bev­erly Hil­ton ball­room was light, not tense. Cor­den opened the show with a few po­lit­i­cal jokes. “This year they brought back ‘Star Wars’ with a fe­male lead. They re­booted ‘Ghost­busters’ with a fe­male lead. And I pray to God they re­boot the Clin­ton pres­i­dency with a fe­male lead,” he quipped dur­ing the mono­logue.

“Bernie San­ders is here tonight,” Cor­den an­nounced. “I’m jok­ing, I’m jok­ing. I just wanted to see the look of ter­ror on Clint East­wood’s face.” Through­out the night, the A-list at­ten­dees stressed the im­por­tance of vot­ing. DiCaprio, who shared the Hol­ly­wood doc­u­men­tary award with Fisher Stevens for their eco-film “Be­fore the Flood,” called the lack of dis­cus­sion about cli­mate change by both Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump “com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.”

“It is an is­sue that has been will­fully ig­nored and dis­puted for cor­po­rate prof­its, po­lit­i­cal cap­i­tal, and short term per­sonal gains,” the ac­tor ex­plained. “Even in our own pres­i­den­tial and vice pres­i­den­tial de­bates-our most widely viewed stages for the is­sues that de­fine our fu­ture-not one ques­tion on cli­mate change was asked. That is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.” “All of us need to act ... let’s all use our power as cit­i­zens and do the right thing. Please vote this Tues­day,” he added. “Vote for peo­ple who be­lieve in the sci­ence of cli­mate change.” Stevens made an even clearer en­dorse­ment. “On Tues­day, let’s dump Trump,” he said to the cheer­ing au­di­ence. De Niro, win­ner of the Hol­ly­wood com­edy award, started his ac­cep­tance speech with hu­mor, but quickly got se­ri­ous.

Fright­en­ing elec­tion

“It’s two days to a fright­en­ing elec­tion. And the shadow of pol­i­tics is hang­ing over us whether we like it or not. And it’s hard for me to think of any­thing else. So let me just lay it out right here. We have the op­por­tu­nity to pre­vent a com­edy from turn­ing into a tragedy,” the vet­eran ac­tor warned. “Vote for Hillary Tues­day.” Stars from the other end of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum stuck to their scripts. East­wood (who spoke at the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion back in 2012) in­tro­duced Hol­ly­wood ac­tor award win­ner Hanks with­out mak­ing a po­lit­i­cal state­ment. Hol­ly­wood di­rec­tor award win­ner Gib­son, a noted con­ser­va­tive, praised his “Hack­saw Ridge” cast and crew in a short speech, and avoided talk­ing about the elec­tion. Even Su­san Saran­don, who openly en­dorsed Green Party can­di­date Jill Stein over the week­end, kept her in­tro­duc­tion of the Hol­ly­wood ac­tress award win­ner solely about its re­cip­i­ent, Port­man. Port­man’s sub­tly sup­ported Clin­ton in her ac­cep­tance speech. “We have ob­vi­ously heard so many crazy things that have been said about women this year po­lit­i­cally. And to women. I feel so lucky to be part of this film that is about a woman who was known first for be­ing a wife, but then re­ally be­came some­one who could be rec­og­nized on their own mer­its,” the ac­tress said about Jackie Kennedy, who she por­trays in “Jackie.”

The awards show ended on an up­beat note, with Ed­die Mur­phy tak­ing home the ca­reer achieve­ment award. The night’s other big win­ners were Ni­cole Kid­man (Hol­ly­wood sup­port­ing ac­tress award for “Lion”), Hugh Grant (Hol­ly­wood sup­port­ing ac­tor award for “Florence Foster Jenk­ins”), Naomie Har­ris (Hol­ly­wood break­out award), and Lily Collins (new Hol­ly­wood award). At­ten­dees en­joyed desserts through­out the night.

—AP/AFP pho­tos

Jef­frey Katzen­berg, CEO of DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion, from left, Paige Butcher and Ed­die Mur­phy ar­rive at the 20th an­nual Hol­ly­wood Film Awards.

Tom Hanks, left, and Clint East­wood at­tend the press room at the 2016 Hol­ly­wood Film Awards.

Ac­tress Natalie Port­man, re­cip­i­ent of the ‘Hol­ly­wood Ac­tress Award’ for ‘Jackie’, (left) and pre­sen­ter Su­san Saran­don speak on­stage.

Ed­die Mur­phy ac­cepts the Hol­ly­wood ca­reer achieve­ment award at the 20th an­nual Hol­ly­wood Film Awards at the Bev­erly Hil­ton Ho­tel.

Ni­cole Kid­man, left, and Dev Patel at­tend the press room.

Tom Hanks ac­cepts the Hol­ly­wood ac­tor award.

Ac­tress Ni­cole Kid­man, re­cip­i­ent of the ‘Hol­ly­wood Sup­port­ing Ac­tress Award’ for ‘Lion’, speaks on­stage.

Ac­tor Hugh Grant, re­cip­i­ent of the ‘Hol­ly­wood Sup­port­ing Ac­tor Award’ for ‘Florence Foster Jenk­ins’, speaks on­stage.

Janelle Monae ac­cepts the spot­light award.

Justin Tim­ber­lake ac­cepts the Hol­ly­wood song award.

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