Hanks, Port­man hon­oured at HFAs

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TOM HANKS and Natalie Port­man took top act­ing hon­ours at the re­cent Hol­ly­wood Film Awards (HFAs), billed as the of­fi­cial start of the film in­dus­try’s an­nual prize-giv­ing sea­son.

The Hol­ly­wood Block­buster Award went to Dis­ney’s The Jun­gle Book while there was a com­edy prize for two-time Os­car-win­ner Robert De Niro for his role in the up­com­ing The Co­me­dian.

Hanks ( far right) was hon­oured for Sully, Clint East­wood’s drama about real-life hero Chelsey Sul­len­berger’s 2009 emer­gency land­ing of a pas­sen­ger jet on the Hud­son River.

Port­man ( right) was recog­nised for her star­ring role in Jackie, a por­trait of First Lady Jac­que­line Bou­vier Kennedy dur­ing the days im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing her hus­band’s as­sas­si­na­tion.

Best sup­port­ing ac­tor went to Hugh Grant for com­edy biopic Florence Fos­ter Jenk­ins, while Ni­cole Kid­man was recog­nised for her sup­port role in Lion.

The cer­e­mony, which has trade­marked its de­scrip­tion of it­self as “the of­fi­cial launch of the awards sea­son”, is in its 20th year.

Mel Gib­son, who is mak­ing a come­back with Hack­saw Ridge af­ter his ca­reer col­lapsed fol­low­ing an anti-Semitic tirade caught on tape, was ac­cepted back into the fold with an award for di­rect­ing.

Hosted by Bri­tish ac­tor and co­me­dian James Cor­den, the plush Bev­erly Hills cer­e­mony has been crit­i­cised in the past, chiefly be­cause it is not known who ac­tu­ally votes for the win­ners.

The web­site says selections are made by an “ad­vi­sory team” of “in­sid­ers”, prompt­ing trade jour­nal Va­ri­ety to de­scribe the evening as “more mys­tery than sus­pense”.

Crit­ics have also ques­tioned the wis­dom of some of the de­ci­sions; this year, the two ac­tress prizes and De Niro’s hon­our were awarded for films which aren’t out yet.

Or­gan­is­ers point out, how­ever, that more than 100 hon­ourees have gone on to gar­ner Os­car nom­i­na­tions or wins.

Matthew McConaughey, who stars in Gold – which won the en­sem­ble award for its cast – re­vealed that 2016 had been one of his “rough­est” years as many fam­ily mem­bers and close friends had died, “more so than the last 10 years com­bined”.

“What that’ll do is make you ap­pre­ci­ate liv­ing a lit­tle more,” he told re­porters. – AFP

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