Hollywood Hits the Red Carpet

GOVERNORS AWARDS | Hollywood, Dec. 1: "The last time I was on the Oscar stage, I was escorted off by Homeland Security," Michael Moore joked at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' fourth annual Governors Awards at Hollywood & Highland. The reference to his 2003 acceptance speech attacking the Iraq War drew knowing laughs from the roomful of high-level industry insiders, who banished controversy for the night as honorary Oscars were given to ace stuntman Hal Needham, arts advocate George Stevens Jr., documentarian D.A. Pennebaker and Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. There were lots of laughs and heartfelt emotion. Pennebaker thanked his wife and collaborator of 36 years, and Needham choked up, saying, "My mom is looking down on me tonight with a big smile on her face." -- Gregg Kilday

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Premiere | Wellington, New Zealand, Nov. 28

A 30-foot gandalf statue loomed over Wellington's Embassy Theatre as about 5,000 fans dressed in Hobbit attire lined the 1,600-foot-long carpet for the premiere of Peter Jackson's eagerly awaited epic. The director was the first to arrive on the carpet, soon followed by stars Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis. "You look around and there [are] all these signs in the shops and this support we have," Jackson said of shooting in his homeland. "It's pretty extraordinary." -- THR Staff