'Gone Girl' and 'The Imitation Game' Take Top Prizes at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards
By Meredith B. Kile
The 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards kicked off awards season Friday night, and for the first time ever, the event was broadcasted live on CBS. Host Queen Latifah entertained the crowd at the Hollywood Palladium as viewers and attendees got a glimpse of some of this year's major award frontrunners.
Robert Downey Jr. kicked off the evening, presenting the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award award to his The Judge co-star Robert Duvall.
"There’s never been anyone better and there likely never will be," Downey said of Duvall, who was equally effusive about his co-star.
"The reason I took the project mainly is because of Robert Downey Jr," Duvall praised. "We spent many good times together."
Duvall also thanked his wife Luciana Pedraza, laughing, "I’ve had a few better halves, but she’s the best better half I’ve ever had."
Laura Dern presented Breakout Performance by an Actress to her on-screen daughter from The Fault In Our Stars, Shaleine Woodley, who told the audience about the lessons she learned from her character, Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenager with terminal cancer.
"Every day that we wake up and we're breathing, we're winning," Woodley said. "She reminded me of that."
Keira Knightley was honored with the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award for her role as Joan Clarke, a cryptanalyst who was part of Alan Turing's code-breaking team, in The Imitation Game.
"It was such a passion project for everyone," Knightley gushed. "Joan was such an inspiring woman and she was a joy to play."
Knightley thanked her co-star Benedict Cumberbatch for "being excellent" in his role as Alan Turing and the Hollywood Film Awards clearly agreed, honoring Cumberbatch with the Hollywood Actor Award for his turn as the openly gay mathematician and computer scientist.
Cumberbatch dedicated his award to Turing, saying, "He was and is a hero of all time. A gay icon who didn’t deny his nature, his being… a war hero, and the father of the modern computing age."
Robert Pattinson, who won the New Hollywood Award at the 2008 awards, presented the Hollywood Director Award to The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum, who thanked the crowd, saying, "I’m new to Hollywood and this is the warmest welcome I could imagine."
Reese Witherspoon presented the Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award to her to her Wild director Jean-Marc Valee, who thanked the actress for her work as well as for optioning the book rights to get it made
"Becoming a breakout director at 51 takes time, patience, grey hair, and determination," Valee joked. "And a lot of caring and loving people around you."
"There’s acting and then there’s transformation," Dallas Buyer’s Club star Jared Leto told the crowd while presenting The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne with the Breakout Performance for an Actor Award for his portrayal of famous physicist Stephen Hawking.
Redmayne thanked his co-star and "formidable dance partner" Felicity Jones, who played Hawking’s first wife Jane in the film.
"I’m only here because I was given the privilege of playing this extraordinary man," Redmayne told the crowd. "I thank him for teaching me that its not those challenges or limitations that define us, but how we choose to overcome them."
Singer Janelle Monae took the stage to perform her song "What Is Love?" from the animated feature Rio 2 and also accepted the Hollywood Song Award for the track.
"The message in this song is pretty simple and speaks to one of my core beliefs," Monae explained. "That special moments become more special when you share them with the people that you love."
The cast of Foxcatcher was honored with the Hollywood Ensemble Award and, despite the film's dark subject matter, co-stars Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum cracked up the audience with a marathon hugging session with presenter Jonah Hill.
Unbroken director Angelina Jolie took the stage to present the New Hollywood Award to the "least Hollywood artist I know," Unbroken star Jack O’ Connell.
Jolie gushed about O'Connell's audition for the harrowing biopic and said, "As a director, to have Jack in front of your lens is a gift."
O'Connell also dedicated his award to the real-life inspiration for his role, Olympian-turned-WWII hero Louis Zamperini, who "carved a history which we try to tribute in our film."
Chris Rock accepted the Hollywood Comedy Film Award for his latest movie, Top Five. He joked with the the crowd, thanking CBS president Les Moonves for hosting the "only award show without Pharell."
"Thank god I don’t have to listen to 'Happy' right now," he laughed.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 star Gerard Butler accepted the film's Hollywood Animation Award.
"I have to say I had so much fun doing this movie," Butler gushed. "[My character] Stoic will always have a special place in my heart."
Birdman star Michael Keaton was presented with the Hollywood Career Achievement Award by Beetlejuice co-star Geena Davis, who praised, "He’s one of those versatile actors who can make us laugh out loud and then utterly change direction ...and this year has given us one of his finest performances yet."
Keaton, who received the night’s only standing ovation from the crowd, joked that, "Normally, when they give this type of award to someone, it’s because that person is usually dead. I’m not. I’m going to keep on going for a long time."
The actor also thanked and praised his Birdman director, Alejandro González Iñárritu.
"I was hit hard by a meteor this year, in the shape of Alejandro Iñárritu," he said. "This movie Birdman is so extraordinary, and this guy came at it with poetry and imagination and passion."
Kristen Stewart presented the Hollywood Actress Award to "my onscreen mom, my mentor, and my friend" Julianne Moore for her role in Still Alice as a linguistics professor with early onset Alzheimer's disease.
Moore gushed that "this part was a gift," while thanking director Richard Glatzer, who has ALS, for his guidance in the role.
Johnny Depp made an appearance to present the Hollywood Documentary Award to Michael Myers and Shep Gordon. Myers directed the documentary Supermensch about Gordon's life as a legendary manager of rock stars and celebrity chefs.
"The biggest lesson that Shep has taught me is, while it is nice to be discovered, it’s much better to discover yourself," Myers told the crowd.
Get On Up star Chadwick Boseman presented the Hollywood Blockbuster Award to Guardians of the Galaxy, which was accepted by the film’s director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt.
Pratt thanked wife Anna Faris and the movie's fans, while Gunn explained that the unconventional comic book blockbuster was a film "by outcasts for outcasts."
Gunn finished his speech by quoting one of his film’s most famous catchphrases, hoisting his award and declaring, "We are Groot!"
Actress Hilary Swank presented the Hollywood Screenwriter award to Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, who adapted her best-selling suspense novel for David Fincher’s blockbuster thriller.
Flynn thanked "everyone who loved Gone Girl for its wicked nastiness and never tried to make me turn it into a musical about kittens."
Director Ron Howard presented the final award of the night, the Hollywood Film Award, to Gone Girl. Star Ben Affleck accepted the award on the film's behalf and poked some fun at director David Fincher in the process, thanking him for the movie’s infamous shower scene.
"If you’re going to have one chance for america to see your junk, you want it to be cold," he laughed.
Affleck had a serious moment or two, mentioning that, "we had a great cast and it was really a gift to work with them," but couldn’t resist one more dig at the notoriously methodical director.
"David couldn’t be here because he’s still shooting the movie," he joked. "Just one or two more takes."
Check out a complete list of the honorees from the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards below:
Hollywood Film: Gone Girl
Hollywood Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Blockbuster: Guardians of the Galaxy
Hollywood Documentary: Mike Myers, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
Hollywood Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Career Achievement: Michael Keaton
Hollywood Animation: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Hollywood Comedy Film: Chris Rock, Top Five
New Hollywood Award: Jack O'Connell, Unbroken
Hollywood Ensemble: Foxcatcher
Hollywood Director: Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Song: Janelle Monae, "What is Love?" from Rio 2
Hollywood Screenwriter: Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Hollywood Breakthrough Director: Jean-Marc Vallee, Wild
Hollywood Supporting Actress: Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress: Shailene Woodley, The Fault in Our Stars
Hollywood Supporting Actor: Robert Duvall, The Judge
Hollywood Cinematography Award: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Hollywood International Award: Jing Tian
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 Makeup and Hairstyling Award: David White (Special Makeup Effects) and Elizabeth Yanni-Georgiou (Hair Designer and Makeup Designer), Guardians of the Galaxy