Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards Honors 'First Man,' 'Black Panther' and 'BlacKkKlansman'
Ryan Gosling, Angela Bassett, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Krasinski, Elizabeth Olsen and Rosamund Pike were among the star-studded guests Sunday night at the 10th annual event held at Exchange LA.
Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Krasinski and Rosamund Pike all made an appearance at Exchange LA on Sunday night to kick off award season and honor some of the best films and filmmakers of the year at the 10th annual Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards, presented by Los Angeles Confidential magazine.
Created by luxury watchmakers Hamilton, the awards show is one of the few that doesn’t honor actors, but rather acknowledges the men and women behind the scenes who make their films possible, such as First Man costume designer Mary Zophres (presented by Gosling) and Black Panther production designer Hannah Beachler (presented by Angela Bassett).
Gyllenhaal presented the breakthrough director award to Paul Dano, and the actor spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about why he was eager to star in Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife.
“Particularly when I got to the end of the screenplay, the ending of that film is so distinctive and so sure that I thought to myself, ‘This guy knows the film he wants to make.’ And then knowing Paul ... and how prepared he is as an actor and how seemingly quiet but extraordinarily sure, and it seemed to kind of parallel the personality of some of the best directors that I’ve worked with,” Gyllenhaal said.
During the show, guests enjoyed a dinner of slow-roasted beef short ribs and seared salmon fillets and were served cocktails presented by Maker's Mark.
Tony Hale was the night’s emcee, and he got the joyful mood of the show started with a humorous video piece of himself interacting with the crew of his HBO comedy Veep.
A Private War's Pike was on hand with her co-star Jamie Dornan to honor the film’s cinematographer Robert Richardson. She spoke with THR about her approach to taking on the part of the legendary war correspondent Marie Colvin.
“I knew that as soon as I thought of it as a role I would screw it up before I had even begun," said Pike. "I can not treat this as a good part because that’s just not what it can be about because I think Matthew Heineman, our director, would have probably loved to make a documentary about her, and I thought that the only thing I’ve got to do is morph into Marie and then go where he leads me.”
The evening passed at a speed most award shows would envy, as trophies were handed out one after another, with only a brief break for a one-song performance by a jazz trio during dinner.
John C. Reilly presented his wife Alison Dickey with the breakthrough producer award for their Western film The Sisters Brothers, and he told THR why he embraced the rugged life of a movie cowboy.
“I had just done Stan & Ollie before this and was coming out of three months of being indoors with smoke machines and prosthetic makeup and a fat suit, so the idea of being in the sunshine in Spain on a horse, taking naps on boulders between shots — it was like heaven to me, and I was actually really, really sad to give up that life as a cowboy because I got really accustomed to it,” said the actor.
Other presenters and winners included Rami Malek, who gave out the producer award for Bohemian Rhapsody to an absent Graham King; John David Washington, who presented the editor award to Barry Alexander Brown for BlacKkKlansman; Felicity Jones, who awarded the screenwriting honor to Daniel Stiepleman for On the Basis of Sex; and Regina Hall, who presented the director award to George Tillman Jr. for The Hate U Give.