Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, Hugh Jackman honored among others as 22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards kicks off awards season
The award ceremony that took place at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, also saw movies like 'First Man', 'A Star Is Born', 'Black Panther' and 'Crazy Rich Asians' make a mark
On November 4, the 22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards brought together Hollywood’s elite to honor the year’s most talked about and highly anticipated actors and films and those who brought them to life. The Hollywood Film Awards, founded in 1997, celebrated its 22nd anniversary and officially launched the award season. The award ceremony, that took place at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, was hosted by actress, comedian, and 'Crazy Rich Asians' Star Awkwafina. In its 22-year history, more than 320 of the world’s biggest stars and filmmakers have been highlighted at the ceremony and over 130 of the honorees have gone on to garner Oscar nominations and/or wins.
The night kicked off with Awkwafina’s rib-tickling humor and was filled with many intimate and touching moments, as the honorees expressed pride in their featured works. After a sincere introduction from Brad Pitt, Felix van Groeningen voiced his utmost gratitude to receive the Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award and to be lucky enough to make a film like 'Beautiful Boy'. Brad Bird kept his Hollywood Animation Award acceptance speech short and sweet as he stressed the need to keep making animation films for "dreaming and for dreamers". Ryan Gosling gave an impassioned speech on the marvel and genius of Damien Chazelle and presented him with the Hollywood Director Award, which Chazelle humbly accepted.
Taraji P. Henson lauded the brilliance of John David Washington and his ability to make a period piece, that is still so relevant today, as he was honored with the 'Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award'.
After accepting the Hollywood Documentary Award on behalf of Don Argott for 'Believer', Dan Reynolds performed an extremely emotional rendition of the documentary’s original song, 'Skipping Stones'. Danny Huston introduced New Hollywood Actress Award recipient Yalitza Aparicio who gave a touching speech in Spanish explaining that she hopes the "win of the performance is felt by the people of Mexico". Anne Hathaway took the stage to present the Hollywood Actor Award to Hugh Jackman, applauding his many achievements including his "20 plus year juggernaut career", his "sexiest man alive title", and most importantly, "his widely known reputation for being the nicest guy in Hollywood".
Sterling K. Brown presented the award for Hollywood Breakout Ensemble to the cast of 'Crazy Rich Asians'. Several of the cast members, including Constance Wu, Henry Golding, and Michelle Yeoh, remarked at what an incomparable experience they’ve had making this film and how impactful it has been to be able to share this story with a fully Asian cast.
Janelle Monáe took the stage to present Amandla Stenberg with the Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award,' and shared with the room what a fierce and fearless woman Amandla is growing up to be. Stenberg expressed her hope that the film, 'The Hate U Give', encourages people to stand up and be heard. Christian Slater presented Glenn Close with her Hollywood Actress Award for her unparalleled performance in the upcoming film, 'The Wife'.
Close received a standing ovation before thanking all the members of her team and the filmmakers for staying with her throughout the filming process. Michael B. Jordan came out to recognize 'Black Panther' producer Nate Moore and director Ryan Coogler with the Hollywood Film Award. He spoke to his experience both making and seeing the movie, saying that "for everyone with African roots, it spoke to us on an intensely powerful level."
The final award of the evening went to Hollywood Career Achievement Award recipient Nicole Kidman and was presented by Kidman’s co-star Shailene Woodley who was overwhelmed with gratitude that their lives crossed paths. Kidman was welcomed with a standing ovation and thanked those in the room and in the industry for allowing her to play the women she’s played and tell their stories. She vowed to "always give back to [her] craft!"
This year’s award show honored the following:
Hollywood Career Achievement Award
Nicole Kidman, presented by Shailene Woodley
Hollywood Film Award
Black Panther, presented by Michael B. Jordan
Hollywood Actress Award
Glenn Close for 'The Wife', presented by Christian Slater
Hollywood Actor Award
Hugh Jackman for 'The Front Runner', presented by Anne Hathaway
Hollywood Supporting Actor Award
Timothée Chalamet for 'Beautiful Boy', presented by Armie Hammer
Hollywood Ensemble Award
Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini for 'Green Book', presented by Octavia Spencer
Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award
Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remi Hii, Nico Santos for 'Crazy Rich Asians', presented by Sterling K. Brown
Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award
Amandla Stenberg for 'The Hate U Give', presented by Janelle Monáe
Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award
John David Washington for 'BlakKklansman', presented by Taraji P. Henson
New Hollywood Actress Award
Yalitza Aparicio for 'Roma', presented by Danny Huston
Hollywood Director Award
Damien Chazelle for 'First Man', presented by Ryan Gosling
Hollywood Screenwriter Award
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie for 'Green Book', presented by Michael Keaton
Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award
Felix van Groeningen for 'Beautiful Boy', presented by Brad Pitt
Hollywood Documentary Award
'Believer', presented by Adam Lambert
Hollywood Animation Award
'Incredibles 2', presented by Sophia Bush
Hollywood Cinematography Award
Matthew Libatique for 'A Star Is Born'
Hollywood Film Composer Award
Justin Hurwitz for 'First Man'
Hollywood Editor Award
Tom Cross for 'First Man'
Hollywood Visual Effects Award
Dan Deleeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl, Dan Sudick for 'Avengers: Infinity War'
Hollywood Costume Design Award
Sandy Powell for 'The Favourite'
Hollywood Make-Up & Hair Styling Award
Jenny Schircore, Sarah Kelly, Hannah Edwards for 'Mary Queen of Scots'
Hollywood Production Design Award
Hannah Beachler for 'Black Panther'
Hollywood Sound Award
Erik Aadahl, Ethan Van der Ryn, Brandon Proctor for 'A Quiet Place'
Here's a quick look at the grand ceremony: