Sunday, January 11, 2015


Angelina Jolie Makes Surprise Appearance at L.A. Film Critics Awards

Associate Editor, Features@geoffberkshire

Angelina Jolie added a dose of star power to the 40th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. awards, which otherwise honored achievements in independent and world cinema.
Jolie, whose appearance had been whispered about but not announced in advance, was on hand Saturday night at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City to present career achievement honors to acting legend Gena Rowlands. The pair co-starred in 1998’s “Playing by Heart” and 2004’s “Taking Lives.”
Jolie followed an effusive and heartfelt speech from LAFCA member Chuck Wilson, who proclaimed Rowlands the equivalent of Marlon Brando for her impact on screen acting. Wilson then called on Jolie to introduce Rowlands, and the actress and “Unbroken” director delivered some very personal remarks, noting that she had studied Rowlands’ work when she was starting out in the biz.
She also nodded to Rowlands’ famed collaborations with her late husband, filmmaker and actor John Cassavetes, observing, “Every artist in their room has looked at their partner and said, ‘I wish I could have what John and Gena had.’”
Rowlands earned a standing ovation when she took the stage, but admitted to feeling under the weather. “I’ve had a bit of this cute flu for the last two weeks. I thought even yesterday, ‘I just can’t make it.’ Then I thought, ‘Flu, get ahold of yourself’ … I wouldn’t have missed this for the world.”

Wes Anderson quoted his worst review, Ava DuVernay thanked the critics who wrote her best notices and Angelina Jolie introduced her role model at the 40th annual edition

For the career achievement award presentation to the legendary actress Gena Rowlands, an intro by Farber (about a long-ago set visit with the actress) led to an intro by Chuck Wilson (suggesting she's the female "equivalent" of Brando) which led to an surprise appearance/intro by Jolie, a longtime friend and admirer of the actress (who said, "You will never hear, 'She's the next Gena Rowlands' — because there'll never be another." The 84-year-old received a standing ovation and offered a very brief thank you, adding, "I wouldn't have missed this for the world."

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