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The Hollywood Film Awards held star-studded event at the Hollywood Palladium Friday. Hosted by Queen Latifah, the event saw plenty of awards hopefuls walk the red carpet before the first-ever televised show (airing on CBS).
After claiming their awards, the winners spoke to reporters backstage.
Keira Knightley who won best supporting actress for The Imitation Game admitted backstage that her speech didn’t go as planned. “I ruined my speech. I was going to have a whole end to my speech, but I forgot it. So oh well,” she said. When asked by a reporter how she balances her personal and work life, Knightley replied: “Are you going to ask all the men that tonight?” The actress was coy about the awards attention the film has been getting, saying “What we’re most proud of is that people are responding to that film, and that’s the reason we make these.”
Imitation Game‘s Benedict Cumberbatch says this year will be his first time really experiencing awards season. “I was really nervous and forgot half of what I was going to say,” he said. The actor says he had some very emotional days on set, one day filled with a great deal of crying “The first two or three takes I couldn’t stop crying after that scene,” he said. “I was realizing the full extent of how he suffered.” He added that he’s especially enjoying awards season because his British friends Eddie Redmayne and Jack O’Connell are also going through it with him.
Gillian Flynn, who won the Hollywood Screenwriter Award for Gone Girl, told reporters backstage that she was having a great time at the event. “It’s a very fun party in there,” she said. She isn’t sure where she’ll keep the award, however. “I’m a writer so our house is full of book shelves so I think it’ll have a nice little spot in there,” she said. Flynn adapted her own twisted thriller for David Fincher’s film. Her advice for new writers? “Write what the story is and what you believe,” she said. “I wrote Gone Girl never ever thinking it would be a movie, and stayed dedicated.”
Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum, who won for Hollywood director, told reporter backstage that the film was his first English-language movie. “It’s the warmest welcome I could have,” he said of receiving the award. “It felt good. Nerve-wracking, but good,” he said of being onstage. “I think we got our 17th festival award two days ago, so it’s been incredible,” he said.
Unbroken star Jack O’Connell said that his director, Angelina Jolie, was “phenomenal.” “We needed her to lead the way and set the example,” he said. The actor told reporters that Jolie would be on set trying out his stunts before he got there. “I always remember her testing out my stunts before me.
She does her own stunts and my stunts,” he said. Of shooting the war drama, he said: “It definitely matured me. It turned me into a man.”
Gerard Butler, who accepted the award for How to Train Your Dragon 2, said backstage that he believes O’Connell would be “the biggest star.” Butler said he was pretty tired today because he’d been celebrating his birthday last night. His girlfriend hired some burlesque dancers for his soiree last night in New Orleans. His plans to celebrate his award? “I’m probably going to head back to Malibu. I had a late night last night,” he said.
Michael Keaton, who won the Hollywood Career Achievement Award, said that his presenter and friend, Geena Davis had told him that she’s been studying archery, at one time becoming the 13th best archer in the nation. When asked if their reunion could point towards the Beetlejuice sequel moving forward, he replied: “We didn’t talk about it, but a lot of people do. That would be alright with me.” And how has the Birdman actor has such a successful career in Hollywood? “Hard work, a lot of hard work,” he said.
Mike Myers and his film’s subject Shep Gordon came backstage, and were asked about Johnny Depp’s unusual introduction. “It was very rock ‘n roll, which is very appropriate for Shep Gordon,” Myers said. Myers said he first met Gordon back when he was making Wayne’s World and was trying to get Alice Cooper for the film. Gordon was Cooper’s manager. “I’ve gotten to know him for 20 years. He knows where all the bodies are buried and refuses to gossip,” he said.
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