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article image'Gone Girl' takes top prize at Hollywood Film Awards

By Tim O'Brien     Nov 13, 2014 in Entertainment
"Gone Girl" won the top prize from the Hollywood Film Awards but "The Imitation Game" was the big winner. "The Imitation Game" took home actor, supporting actress and director but "Gone Girl" won film.
This show launched the award season and even host Queen Latifah said it was the show that kicks it all off. Perhaps that is what CBS wants to do as the show has never been aired in TV, until this year.
It really one big promo as many of the films are not yet out, but the hopes is people will go now.
The night had some moments, albeit not many. Johnny Depp was not up to par and Jennifer Lopez honored the animated winner by flubbing the name. That moment actually was one of the better parts of the night. She said "How to Drain ...." instead of "How to Train Your Dragon."
The show was too staged and forced and often down right uncomfortable, but it did inject some artists and films into the conversation. And, in the end, that was its intention.
EARLIER: The Hollywood Film Awards are being handed out and it is not the usual style. They will come up and simply give out the award, with praise. The winners know ahead of time, yet the TV audience does not.
EARLIER: It is here. Brace yourself. Award season, that is, and on Nov. 14, the Hollywood Film Awards will air for the first time on CBS TV.
These are odd ones, that is for sure. Being so early means it may miss out on momentum for movies later, but nevertheless, they proceed, and have for 17 years. Getting a jump and pumping up the film community may provide a jolt for a few stars, so be it. It may also mean awarding stars and films for works that have not been officially released.
Is this a big deal? Who knows, but they did trademark Official Launch of the Award Season™. That is a big deal to them, perhaps. The winners can at least gain some headlines out of it, even if they do not show up. A loss makes no difference, either, so just enjoy.
To get a better idea, here is an item from their own FAQ page: Who is on the HFA Advisory Selection Team? The HFA Advisory Selection Team includes film industry insiders and executives. We do not disclose Selection Team member names to protect their privacy.
The categories that will be handed out Nov. 14 are: winners in bold as night progresses.
Hollywood Career Achievement Award
Michael Keaton
Hollywood Film Award
"Gone Girl"
Hollywood Director Award
Morten Tyldum for "The Imitation Game"
Hollywood Actor Award
Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game"
Hollywood Actress Award
Julliane Moore
Hollywood Supporting Actor Award
Robert Duvall - "The Judge"
Hollywood Supporting Actress Award
Kiera Knightly in "The Imitation Game"
Hollywood Ensemble Award
Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award
Shailene Woodley for "Divergent" and "The Fault of Our Stars"
Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award
Eddie Redmayne - "The Theory of Everything"
Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award
Jean Marc-Wallee
New Hollywood Award
Jack O'Connell
Hollywood Screenwriter Award
Jillian Flynn for "Gone Girl"
Hollywood Song Award
Janelle Monae for "Rio 2"
Hollywood Animation Award
"How to Train Your Dragon 2"
Hollywood Blockbuster Award
"Guardians of the Galaxy"
Hollywood Documentary Award
Hollywood Comedy Film Award
"Top Five"
On these, it may be more of an indicator of things to come by who shows up Friday night. The latest, according to a release, including a list of more names. With host Queen Latifah, the list offers up Steve Carell, Johnny Depp, Laura Dern, Angelina Jolie, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lopez, Mike Myers, Robert Pattinson, Eddie Redmayne, Chris Rock and Hilary Swank, the latest batch. Add that to the previously announced: Amy Adams, Gerard Butler, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Jonah Hill, Keira Knightley, Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, Jack O’Connell, Chris Pratt, Kristen Stewart, Channing Tatum, Jean-Marc Vallée, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley.
It has been rumored that Woodley will receive the Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award. Then there is this - nine categories have been announced already. There was a time when the winners knew ahead of time, too. However, one may wonder if that still happens in order to get some of the bigger names to attend.
Here they are:
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 will air on CBS, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT with a countdown show.
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