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After Friday’s Hollywood Film Awards, stars including Michael Keaton and first-time awards host Queen Latifah left the Hollywood Palladium and headed for The Hollywood Reporter’s official afterparty at the W Hollywood Loft hosted by co-president/chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group Janice Min and THR awards blogger/analyst Scott Feinberg.
Mike Myers kicked off the evening at the rooftop venue overlooking Hollywood by freestyling on a drum set to the sounds of DJ Mick.
Guests including Warner Bros.’ Sue Kroll, How to Train Your Dragon 2 director (and HFA winner) Dean DeBlois, Bill Murray and Dick Clark Productions CEO Allen Shapiro mingled over cocktails, mini burgers, empanadas and ahi tuna tartare. Latifah and Gayle King were not afraid to do a little dancing as they each made their way through the soiree.
After her first time hosting the awards ceremony, Latifah told THR, “I’m relaxed now. I had fun; it was a blast, I had some great moments, and I’m very happy the show went so well.”
Gone Girl actors Emily Ratajkowski and Patrick Fugit were proud to celebrate the film taking home the top honor as well as the Hollywood Screenwriter Award for Gillian Flynn’s script.
“Getting to watch [director] David [Fincher] make the movie was an absolute pleasure,” said Fugit. “I think he’s a master filmmaker, and watching him get the praise for the things that he’s done, especially for this film, is satisfying. He deserves it. He’s exceptional.”
Wild executive producer Nathan Ross lounged by the pool, where he expressed he was nervous for his director and winner Jean-Marc Vallée, who winged his speech without a teleprompter during the awards ceremony.
Quincy Jones, the legendary record producer and producer of this year’s best documentary feature Oscar contender Keep on Keepin’ On, closed the evening by introducing a special performance by Gregg Alexander, who performed his hit “You Get What You Give” (originally recorded with his old band The New Radicals) for the first time publicly in 15 years. “I can die and go to heaven now,” said Alexander after Jones gave him the floor. Alexander also sang “The Game of Love,” which he wrote under a pseudonym for Santana, and “Lost Stars,” which he and some collaborators wrote for the Begin Again soundtrack (and which many pundits regard as an Oscar frontrunner for best song).
Watch How to Train Your Dragon 2 director Dean DeBlois discuss the third installment below.
Watch Mike Myers’ impromptu drum session at THR‘s Hollywood Film Awards afterparty below.
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