Saturday, November 15, 2014


Unbroken star Jack O'Connell said that his director, Angelina Jolie, was "phenomenal." "We needed her to lead the way and set the example," he said. The actor told reporters that Jolie would be on set trying out his stunts before he got there. "I always remember her testing out my stunts before me.
She does her own stunts and my stunts," he said. Of shooting the war drama, he said: "It definitely matured me. It turned me into a man."


Angelina Jolie is now an honorary dame – and her leading man made sure she got due props.

Jack O'Connell, who headlines Jolie's upcoming directorial effort Unbroken, amusingly thanked his "esteemed boss" while accepting the breakout actor award at the Hollywood Film Awards on Friday.

"Angelina, my esteemed boss, and good friend, her ladyship," the 24-year-old actor proclaimed while taking an exaggerated bow and waving his arm in her direction. "[Through] whose unconditional support and dedicated leadership I was capable of portraying our hero under her captaincy. So, Angelina, thank you."

In the film, O'Connell portrays real-life Olympian and POW Louis Zamperini, who developed a friendship with Jolie before his death in July.

During her introduction for O'Connell, Jolie talked about the arduous process of casting her leading man – and said Zamperini himself had offered his stamp of approval.

"I showed [that] audition tape to Louis, and he smiled," she said. "As a director, to have Jack in front of your lens is a gift. He makes every moment honest."


11 reasons why the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards weren't god-awful

Did the winners somehow save it?

It should have been bad. It should have been terrible. A live broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards with Queen "People's Choice" Latifah as host?  A network spotlight on the most fake awards show of them all?  Even with low expectations how could talent go on stage and pick up these, cough, "awards" in front of a national audience?  An award given to them because they were available to show up and their studios lobbied for it?  (At least fans vote for some of the Teen Choice Awards!). Well, watch out Critics Choice Awards because CBS and Dick Clark Productions figured out a way to fashion a much more entertaining 2 hours than you've delivered the past few years.
O.K. Maybe they got lucky.  Maybe.
Live events thrive off the unexpected and the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards had a ton of it.  Major flubs, some seriously intoxicated presenters and a number of "winners" who had no intention of letting America think they thought the show was legitimate whatsoever.  And based on social media at least, it might have worked.  The show was actually trending on both twitter and Facebook thanks to the buzz worthy moments and the major star power on hand. Frankly, if the ratings live up to CBS' projections it will absolutely return.  CBS head honcho Les Moonves was even in the audience.  He clearly wants this to work.
Granted, it wasn't a "good" show. Latifah was basically an over-the-top hype machine with nothing funny to say, Janelle Monae's musical number wasn't the most beautifully staged affair, the quality of the clip packages were all over the place and many of the presenter choices didn't make much sense.  That being said, we had a lot more positive to say about the program than we though we would.  Really, we found 11 things we'll remember from…the Hollywood Film Awards.
My god CBS, what have you done?
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Hollywood Film Awards Tries To Challenge Golden Globes As CBS Enters Movie Awards Madness – Did It Work?

pete_hammond_300x100You and I are both old enough to remember how difficult it was for the Golden Globes originally . We are just trying to launch the Hollywood Film Awards for TV and hope we can grow into possibly  an annual event (for CBS), ”   CBS chief Les Moonves told me in keeping expectations in check just moments before Friday night’s inaugural broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards was to begin . Moonves, a Motion Picture Academy voter himself who appeared to be having a good time throughout the show, was seated with wife Julie Chen at one of the two Weinstein tables at the event  between Harvey Weinstein and his The Imitation Game stars Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch who both would go on to receive trophies for, respectively , Hollywood Supporting Actress and Hollywood Actor though both are British (full disclosure: I also happened to be seated at the other Weinstein table ).  The film also nabbed two more awards including Hollywood Director  for Denmark’s Morten Tyldum  and Hollywood Composer  for France’s Alexandre Desplat making it indisputably the big winner of the evening out of 18 category champs selected by HFA founder Carlos De Abreu and a mystery committee of 12 members who supposedly see everything, even in rough cut form, before the films can be considered for one of these awards.
Hollywood Film Awards trophiesThe network , placing it smack in the middle of November ratings sweeps period , is counting on the early movie awards season show to be what the Globes is to NBC and, to an obviously lesser degreee what the Oscars is to ABC.  CBS has the Grammys  and Tonys every year and the Emmys once every four years but they have not successfully cracked the movie awards sector and the hope is  HFA ( which sounds uncannily close to the Globes’ org, HFPA just to add further confusion)  can do that for them. Unlike any of those shows, the winners knew  in advance they were winning, much like CBS’s long running People’s Choice Awards.  The network certainly put all their resources behind it , stretching primetime  to a 7:30pm red carpet pre-show as well as a 10 pm  hour post show with the stars of CBS This Morning (which also did a preview segment Friday AM). That’s a three and a half hour committment although I heard Dick Clark Productions , which also produces the Globes , is paying CBS a license fee for running the show in what is said to be a three year deal. It’s no secret that when Dick Clark Prods,NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association were embroiled in a legal battle Clark won that CBS salivated at the thought of stealing the Globes away.
That didn’t happen, so it was natural they would try to compete on a new playing field. The problem with this mid-November date is that many of the winners haven’t even opened yet – or even registered as a blip in the minds of most national viewers of the telecast. Imitation Game , the big winner, doesn’t even open on a limited break in New York and L.A  until November 28th and isn’t exactly popcorn fare.  Other winners like Wild (Breakthrough Director) , Still Alice ( Actress for Julianne Moore), Top Five (Comedy for Chris Rock) and others don’t even open until December but they were shown to the committee as they have been readily available on the Fall Festival circuit.  Ensemble Cast winner Foxcatcher  only finally just opened Friday so that was some nicely timed publicity for Sony Pictures Classics. Hollywood Newcomer Jack O’Connell was presented with his award by his director Angelina Jolie  for December 25th release , Unbroken  which hasn’t yet even finished post-production. There was no mention of films like Interstellar  or Into The Woods (except briefly in an intro to presenter Johnny Depp) or Selma  or Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper since their respective studios did not make them available for viewing by deadline for HFA which goes so early so it can say it “launches” awards season and fully two months before the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Movie Awards are broadcast in January. All of these awards are the result of a negotiation between studios and distributors and their awards consultants with De Abreu  and his group who were, more often than not shown films at the private Dick Clark Productions screening room in Santa Monica. One prominent awards contender considered a major Oscar possibility, Boyhood,  may just have been too “indie” for this iteration of the Hollywood Film Awards as there was no mention of it on Friday’s show although I heard at one point it was discussed for the Hollywood Screenplay award but reps for the film declined , instead holding out for Director  for Richard Linklater (who won the Screenplay prize last year for Before Midnight). In the end Screenplay went to Gillian Flynn for Gone Girl  which also took the top Hollywood Film award  and Director went to Morten Tyldum for Imitation Game.
When the show was a non-telecast private event over the last 17 years, acceptance speeches were more loose and you often heard recipients thanking “Carlos”.   It’s not exactly like thanking the Academy but you have to hand it to the affable and  savvy De Abreu for nurturing this show into a network deal when essentially it is mostly his handiwork . And he does deliver the star power , steadfastly refusing to give any award or have any star appearance beamed via satellite or on pre-recorded tape. They must  appear in person  at the Hollywood Palladium or no award for them.
There is no question organizers tried their best to get recipients very “happy” by loading each table with champagne and wine, not to mention open bars. But most winners’ remarks were pretty dry and serious despite the spirits at their disposal.  At one point after the Irish O’Connell let loose with a lively thank you , host Queen Latifah  said it was about time the  booze started kicking in and people started to party.  She emphasized that word “party” a lot in what was a blatant imitation of the appeal of the Golden Globes, yet unlike that show the majority of the audience other than the front rows seemed made up of  dress extras or seat fillers. Presenter Johnny Depp seemed to get the party message though with his completely incoherent intro to the Hollywood Documentary winner, Supermensh. He even had the evening’s big bleepable moment when he asked “what the f**k was that about?” as he attempted to read the telepromter. But  leave it to Chris Rock to really set things straight when he came out and jokingly  implied that  the Hollywood Film Award was the ultimate honor. “Wow do you feel the excitement in the room?”  he cynically asked the otherwise pretty restrained crowd.  That’s the kind of thing we’ve heard in the past and it was great that the HFA show could make fun of itself.  After all this is not about peers honoring peers. It is about trying out your future awards show speeches and being seen holding a trophy just as the season gets rolling.
Whether it gets to continue on CBS I guess depends on what ratings and “excitement” they were indeed able to whip up on a Friday sweeps night.



'Many actors are like directors, producers who work very hard creating in daring environments,' the 24-year-old said upon receiving the trophy.

'I'd like to pay tribute to the unfortunately late Mr Zamperini, whose strength carved history in which we strive to tribute in this film. Mr Louis Zamperini.

'And of course Angelina, my esteemed boss and good friend, her ladyship, whose unconditional support and dedicated leadership (helped me) to portray our hero.'

He added of the very proud Angelina, who wrapped him in a big hug before giving him the award: 'She does all of her own stunts and she did all of mine too.'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first televised Hollywood Film Awards was like a dressy, drawn-out advertisement for Oscar hopefuls.

More than half of the night's recipients were recognized for films that haven't been released yet. Trailers for the movies played during the commercial breaks.

Queen Latifah, who hosted the ceremony Friday at the Hollywood Palladium, talked about the event's relative obscurity in her opening monologue, saying, "Not many people knew about this show."

Response to the awards ranged from genuine appreciation to goofy acknowledgement.

"All my life I've dreamt of getting one of these, like everybody else in this room, and I can't believe this day has come," Chris Rock joked as he accepted a trophy for his new film, "Top Five," set for release next month.

"An Oscar is an Oscar," he continued, examining the trophy. "What is this, a shiny blackie? I don't know. I love it though."

Johnny Depp made immediate use of the F-word when he took the stage to present the documentary award for "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon." The megastar slurred and continued to use expletives before he was cut off by a film-clip package.

Ben Affleck, who accepted the film award for "Gone Girl," said he hoped it didn't appear presumptuous that he prepared a speech.

"When they told me there were no other nominees, I felt cautiously optimistic," the actor said.

Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, who were recognized as an ensemble for their work in "Foxcatcher," used their acceptance speech time to repeatedly hug one another and presenter Jonah Hill.

"I'm not even in the movie," Hill playfully protested.

Jennifer Lopez laughed and blushed as she mispronounced the name of the animation winner as "How to Drain Your Dragon." Gerard Butler teased her about the mistake as he accepted the award for "How to Train Your Dragon 2."

Other stars, though, seemed honestly touched at the recognition.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who won the actor award for playing code-cracking Alan Turing in "The Imitation Game" (opening later this month), called the prize "a huge honor."

Morten Tyldum accepted an award for directing the film.

"I'm new to Hollywood," he said. "This is the greatest honor and warmest welcome I can imagine."

Angelina Jolie and the star of her new film, "Unbroken," warmly acknowledged the subject of the biopic opening Christmas Day.

"I dedicate the award to the man himself, Mr. Louis Zamperini," star Jack O'Connell said as he accepted the New Hollywood award.

Founded by entrepreneur Carlos de Abreu and his wife, former model Janice Pennington, the Hollywood Film Awards have been presented off-camera since 1997. There are no nominees, only winners chosen by de Abreu and a dozen others.

Latifah described the event as "a celebration of this year's greatest movies and a guide to films that will be coming to theaters in the next few weeks and through the holidays."

"Awards season is on!" she said at the show's conclusion.

Hollywood's awards season has traditionally begun at year's end. Golden Globe nominations will be announced Dec. 11 and the awards presented Jan. 11. Academy Award nominations will be announced Jan. 15, with the Oscar show set for Feb. 22.


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'Gone Girl' Takes Top Prize At Hollywood Film Awards; 'The Imitation Game' Leads With 4 Nods: Complete Winners List

Awards Editor & Columnist
Gone Girl won the top prize at tonight’s 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards. David Fincher’s drama starring Ben Affleck took the Hollywood Film Award. World War II codebreaker drama The Imitation Game won the most hardware, scoring four wins including best actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and director for Morten Tyldem. Julianne Moore scooped up the Hollywood Actress Award for Still Alice, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 won the animation prize. Michael Keaton was the lifetime achievement honoree. A complete list of winners is below.

Queen Latifah hosted HFAs, which were televised for the first time. The event always has been a private Tinseltown affair, but CBS aired the show live from the Hollywood Palladium at 8 PM in the East and delayed at 8 PM Pacific. Organizers like to consider the negotiated Hollywood Film Awards the first stop on the long awards-season journey, and studios seem to love it because they essentially get to dictate the winners and plant a flag for one film or another early in the season. Winners are chosen by a small committee led by Carlos de Abreu that sees the buzzy movies, sometimes in rough cuts, and doles out the honors. There are 26 categories — 18 of which were handed out during the show — and all honorees know they won ahead of time.

In the early days of the HFAS, stars would come in the back way, make an appearance onstage to accept an award – often thanking HFA founder de Abreu personally — and get a photo op, and then make a hasty retreat. But this year there was an hourlong postshow, The CBS Hollywood After Party, hosted by CBS This Morning’s Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell. A half-hour preshow, Countdown To The Hollywood Film Awards, kicked off the network’s coverage.

Among the big names who attended the two-hour shindig, produced by Dick Clark Productions: Amy Adams, Gerard Butler, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Johnny Depp, Laura Dern, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Jonah Hill, Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, Mike Myers, Jack O’Connell, Robert Pattinson, Chris Pratt, Eddie Redmayne, Chris Rock, Kristen Stewart, Hilary Swank, Channing Tatum, Jean-Marc Vallée, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley.

Here is the complete list of folks getting a first chance to try out their 2015 acceptance speeches (along with the award presenters in parentheses):

Hollywood Film Award
Gone Girl
Hollywood Actor AwardBenedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game(Amy Adams)
Hollywood Blockbuster Award
Guardians of the Galaxy
(Chadwick Boseman)
Hollywood Documentary Award
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, Mike Myers
(Johnny Depp/Shep Gordon)
Hollywood Actress AwardJulianne Moore, Still Alice
(Kristen Stewart)
Hollywood Career Achievement AwardMichael Keaton
(Geena Davis)
Hollywood Animation AwardHow to Train Your Dragon 2(Jennifer Lopez)
Hollywood Comedy Award
Chris Rock, Top Five(Queen Latifah)
New Hollywood Award
Jack O’Connell, Unbroken
(Angelina Jolie)
Hollywood Ensemble AwardFoxcatcher
(Jonah Hill)
Hollywood Director Award
Morten Tyldem, The Imitation Game(Robert Pattinson)
Hollywood Song Award“What Is Love?” Janelle Monáe, Rio 2
Hollywood Screenwriter Award
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
(Hilary Swank)
Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor AwardEddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
(Jared Leto)
Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award
Jean-Marc Vallee, Wild
(Reese Witherspoon)
Hollywood Supporting Actress AwardKeira Knightley, The Imitation Game(Christoph Waltz)

Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress AwardShailene Woodley, The Fault in Our Stars(Laura Dern)

Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall 

Hollywood Supporting Actor AwardRobert Duvall, The Judge(Robert Downey Jr.)

Off-air awards
Hollywood Cinematography AwardEmmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Hollywood Visual Effects AwardScott Farrar, Transformers: Age of Extinction
Hollywood Editing AwardJaty Cassidy and Dody Dorn, Fury
Hollywood International AwardJing Tian
Hollywood Film Composer AwardAlexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Production Design AwardDylan Cole and Gary Freeman, Maleficient
Hollywood Visual Effects AwardMilena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hollywood Sound AwardRen Klyce, Gone Girl
Hollywood Makeup and Hair AwardDavid White (special make-up effects) and Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou (hair designer and makeup designer), Guardians of the Galaxy

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