Behind the Scenes at the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards
11:59 AM PDT 10/25/2011 by Scott Feinberg
Carey Mulligan, George Clooney and the cast of "The Help" were among the many attendees of the 2011 Hollywood Film Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Oct. 24. The Hollywood Reporter went behind the scenes at the show -- which many would consider the first major event of the upcoming awards season -- to capture Hollywood's biggest names as they accepted their awards and celebrated backstage.
The ladies of The Help -- Cicely Tyson, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ahna O'Reilly, Allison Janney, Mary Steenburgen, and Viola Davis -- pose for a pic before leaving the green room and heading to the stage to accept the Hollywood Ensemble Award.
Hollywood Actress Award recipient Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) and presenter Don Murray ("the last of the on-screen lovers of Marilyn Monroe) pose together in the green room prior to heading to the stage.
Hollywood Actress Award recipient Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) takes the stage to accept her statuette from presenter Don Murray, "the last of the on-screen lovers of Marilyn Monroe." Murray, who earned an Oscar nod for his work opposite Monroe in Bus Stop (1956), told the audience, "Michelle's performance made me appreciate Marilyn."
"Marilyn" Poses with Marilyn's Last Surviving On Screen Lover
Backstage, Hollywood Actress Award recipient Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn), presenter Don Murray (Bus Stop), and Murray's wife Elizabeth Murray are snapped together by the actress Busy Philipps, Williams's best friend, on her iPhone.
The Rebels Unite
Hollywood Screenwriter Award recipient Diablo Cody (Young Adult) and presenter Quentin Tarantino -- both Oscar winners -- pose for a pic in the green room before heading out to the stage.
Hollywood Producer Award recipient Letty Aronson (Midnight in Paris) poses in the green room with Owen Wilson, the film's star, and Michael Barker, the co-chief of its distributor Sony Pictures Classics, shortly before Wilson presented her with her statuette on-stage.
Hollywood Actor Award recipient George Clooney (The Descendants) is interviewed by Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O'Dell backstage at the Hollywood Film Awards, which she also hosted. As always, Clooney's longtime publicist Stan Rosenfield stands just out of camera shot.
Hollywood Cinematographer Award recipient Stephen Mirrione (The Ides of March) delivers his acceptance speech as presenter George Clooney (the star and/or director of several films that Mirrione shot, including Ides) looks on.
"Moneyball" Pays Off
Hollywood Director Award recipient Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and presenter Jonah Hill, one of the stars of Moneyball, are interviewed backstage for Entertainment Tonight.
Emma Stone, Allison Janney, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Mary Steenburgen try to coax Cicely Tyson to join them on stage to accept the Hollywood Ensemble Award for The Help. With great reluctance, Tyson eventually consented.
Viola Davis tears up while accepting the Hollywood Ensemble Award on behalf of the entire cast of The Help. (Her co-stars Octavia Spencer, Allison Janney, Cicely Tyson, Ahna O'Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, and Emma Stone look on.)
Chris Columbus, a producer of The Help, greets the film's star Viola Davis after she accepted the Hollywood Ensemble Award on behalf of her castmates (including Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Mary Steenburgen, who can be seen in the background).
Octavia Spencer (The Help), one of the recipients of the Hollywood Ensemble Award and a best supporting actress Oscar hopeful, shows off her statuette backstage. (Chris Columbus, one of the producers of The Help, tries to sneak by behind her.)