Stars kick off movie awards sea­son at Hol­ly­wood Film Awards

Mel Gib­son, Natalie Port­man and Tom Hanks are among the stars who were hon­oured at the Hol­ly­wood Film Awards.

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Gib­son won best direc­tor for World War II drama Hack­saw Ridge, a sign he has been ac­cepted by the in­dus­try a decade af­ter an in­fa­mous anti-Semitic rant.

Port­man won best ac­tress for Jackie, in which she por­trays Jac­que­line Kennedy af­ter John F Kennedy’s as­sas­si­na­tion.

The event styles it­self as the start of the awards sea­son, but is re­garded with scep­ti­cism by some in­dus­try ob­servers.

Win­ners were an­nounced in ad­vance with no nom­i­na­tions. Many of the win­ning films have not yet been re­leased and an anony­mous panel chooses the re­cip­i­ents.

But that did not stop an A-list crowd turn­ing up to the cer­e­mony, which was com­pered by TV host James Cor­den - al­though he did joke at one point that they were “fake awards”.

The night was also pep­pered with ref­er­ences to Tues­day’s US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

“Tonight is ac­tu­ally rigged,” Cor­den told the au­di­ence at the Bev­erly Hil­ton Ho­tel, re­fer­ring to Don­ald Trump’s com­plaints about the elec­tion. “Lit­er­ally, none of this is real.”

He also joked that it was “the last awards show be­fore the apoc­a­lypse”.

Robert De Niro, who won the com­edy award for the film The Co­me­dian, com­pared Mr Trump to the “to­tally in­sane” Gen­eral Jack D Rip­per from Stan­ley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove.

He said: “It’s two days un­til a fright­en­ing elec­tion. The shadow of pol­i­tics is hang­ing over us whether we like it or not.

“It’s hard for me to think about any­thing else so let me lay it out right here. We have the op­por­tu­nity to pre­vent a com­edy from turn­ing into a tragedy. Vote for Hil­lary Tues­day.”

Tom Hanks won the best ac­tor award for the film Sully, in which he played Cap­tain Ch­es­ley Sul­len­berger, the pi­lot who safely landed a pas­sen­ger plane on New York’s Hud­son River in 2009.

Nicole Kid­man won the sup­port­ing ac­tress award for Lion, while Hugh Grant was named best sup­port­ing ac­tor for his role in Florence Fos­ter Jenk­ins.

He was pre­sented with the award by Andie MacDow­ell, his co-star in the 1994 film Four Wed­dings And A Funeral.

Ad­dress­ing her on stage, Grant said: “I’m just de­pressed at how much bet­ter pre­served you are than I am af­ter 22 years. Do you use any spe­cial creams or any­thing like that?

“It’s amaz­ing. You’re still a south­ern peach and I am, ac­cord­ing to Twit­ter, a scro­tum.

“I al­most never get a prize and I’m so pleased with this one. It will not be in my loo or used as a doorstep.”

Bri­tish ac­tress Naomie Har­ris re­ceived the break­out ac­tress award for her work in Moon­light, while Lily Collins, the daugh­ter of singer Phil, was given the New Hol­ly­wood award for Rules Don’t Ap­ply.

Awards sea­son kicks off in earnest when the Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions are an­nounced on 12 De­cem­ber, and will cul­mi­nate with the Os­cars on 27 Fe­bru­ary.

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