For the past 17 years The Hollywood Film Awards have officially launched the awards season we have all come to love, we just have never had the chance to see it. Founded in 1997 by Carlos de Abreu and Janice Pennington, the awards ceremony honors excellence in filmmaking. Past honorees have gone on to become Oscar winners. The first ever Hollywood Film Awards gala took place in October 1997 in the historic Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, in Hollywood, CA. Actor Kirk Douglas took home the inaugural “Hollywood Lifetime Achievement Award” that year. This year the Awards debuted live from the Hollywood Palladium on Friday, November 14th on CBS and was hosted by the lovely Queen Latifah. The telecast started with a full red carpet pre-show and ended with an one-hour star-studded post show. It was an exciting night for film fans, the entire entertainment industry and a long time coming for the Awards show itself.
The 2014 list of honorees included some of the biggest names in Hollywood like Keira Knightley, Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley, Jean-Marc Vallée, Julianne Moore, Robert Duvall, Jack O’Connell, Mike Myers, Chris Rock and many more. In total 18 awards were given at this years ceremony and the big winners were of course GONE GIRL (Hollywood Film Award), Benedict Cumberbatch (Hollywood Actor Award) and Julianne Moore (Hollywood Actress Award).
Here’s the full winners list:
Hollywood Film Award: Gone Girl
Hollywood Actor Award: Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Actress Award: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Hollywood Career Achievement Award: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Hollywood Director Award: Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Ensemble Award: Foxcatcher cast
Hollywood Documentary Award: Supermensch
New Hollywood Award: Jack O’Connell, Unbroken
Hollywood Comedy Film Award:: Chris Rock, Top Five
Hollywood Animation Award: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Hollywood Supporting Actor Award: Robert Duvall, The Judge
Hollywood Supporting Actress Award: Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award: Shailene Woodley, The Fault in Our Stars
Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award: Jean-Marc Vallée, Wild
Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Hollywood Screenwriter Award: Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Hollywood Song Award: Janelle Monae, “What is Love” for Rio 2
Hollywood Blockbuster Award: Guardians of the Galaxy
The following awards were given before the telecast::
Hollywood Cinematography Award: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Hollywood Visual Effects Award: Scott Farrar, Transformers: Age of Extinction
Hollywood Film Composer Award: Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Costume Design Award: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hollywood Editing Award: Jay Cassidy and Dody Dorn, Fury
Hollywood Production Design Award: Dylan Cole and Gary Freeman, Maleficent
Hollywood Sound Award: Ren Klyce, Gone Girl
Hollywood Make-Up and Hairstyling Award: David White (Special Make-up Effects) and Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou (Hair Designer and Make-up Designer), Guardians of the Galaxy
It was a great night and I was happy to see the Hollywood Film Awards finally getting their fair share of TV time, they have long been the first stop on the Award Season train, and deserve some recognition. While I enjoyed the show and the speeches, yes even the long-winded and just plain weird ones I’m looking at you Depp, there were definitely more than a few films I feel were snubbed which makes me a bit weary of awards season this year. I have yet to see THE IMITATION GAME so I can’t really say too much about but I am shocked to not see WHIPLASH as a winner in any category. Without having nominees it makes it a bit tougher to try to gauge how the rest of the awards season will go and while I am a huge fan of GONE GIRL I am a bit wowed by it’s win.
Here is to a fabulous and exciting awards season. You can count on coverage of all the awards here on The Movie Chickk so get your glittery gowns and tuxedos ready, Awards season has officially begun. Let us know in the comment section below what you think of the awards, who you are excited for or who do you think should have won?