And We’re Off!: The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Officially Kicked-Off the Awards Season Honoring the Year’s Best Talent With Series of Star-Studded Surprise Presenters

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The race is on. The 2013 Hollywood Film Awards gala ceremony lit up the night with a star-studded turnout at its 17th anniversary show on Monday night at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills. The A-list event attracted Hollywood’s elite to honor excellence in the art of filmmaking, as well as creative talent within the global creative community. The evening was hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell. (A full list of the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards honorees is listed below.)

Honorees recognized for their achievements at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards Gala included Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Coldplay, Lupita Nyong’o, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dan Scanlon, Michael De Luca, John Knoll, Steve McQueen, Jerry Weintraub, Lee Daniels, Michael B. Jordan, Sophie Nelisse, David Oyelowo, Michael Wilkinson, Judy Becker, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, and Misty Upham, mostly for films yet to be released in the theaters but are seen to be potential box office and award season winners. These films includes “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, “August: Osage County”, and “Dallas Buyers Club”

Celebrity presenters for the evening included Jack Black, Octavia Spencer, Geoffrey Rush, Robert Downey Jr., Sean Penn, Kanye West, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Jane Fonda, Forest Whitaker, Brian Helgeland, Jennifer Garner, Sean Hayes, Robert Kazinsky, Viola Davis, Angela Bassett and Olivia Munn among others.

Multiplatinum, multiple award-winning recording act Coldplay was honored with the Hollywood Song Award for the hit song “Atlas” from Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. The band’s Chris Martin gave a soaring solo performance of “Atlas,” in addition to accepting the award on behalf of Coldplay. The award was presented by 10-time Grammy winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.

2013 HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARD HONOREES were:
“Hollywood Career Achievement Award”: Harrison Ford (Enders Game)
“Hollywood Legend Award”: Jerry Weintraub
“Hollywood Actor Award”: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
“Hollywood Actress Award”: Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
“Hollywood Supporting Actor Award”: Jake Gyllenhaal
“Hollywood Supporting Actress Award”: Julia Roberts (August Osage County)
“Hollywood Breakout Performance Award”: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
“New Hollywood Award”: Lupita Nyong’o
“Hollywood Spotlight Award Presented By Dodge”: Michael B. Jordan, Sophie Nelisse, David Oyelowo
“Hollywood Breakout Director Award”: Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
“Hollywood Director Award”: Lee Daniels (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)
“Hollywood Producers Award”: Michael DeLuca
“Hollywood Screenwriter Award”: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater
“Hollywood Visual Effects Award”: John Knoll, “Pacific Rim”
“Hollywood Animation Award”: Dan Scanlon, “Monsters University”
“Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award”: Cast of “August: Osage County” including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, and Misty Upham.
“Hollywood Song Award”: Coldplay – “Atlas” from the film “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
“Hollywood Costume and Production Design Award”: Michael Wilkinson, Judy Becker
“Hollywood Movie Award”: Star Trek Into Darkness

The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards is sponsored by the Dodge Brand, Samsung, Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter and Variety. Champagne courtesy of Moet & Chandon.

The Hollywood Film Awards® founded in 1997 were created to celebrate Hollywood and launch the awards season. The recipients of the awards are selected by an Advisory team for their body of work and/or a film(s) that is to be released during the calendar year. In the last ten years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards. For additional information, visit: www.hollywoodawards.com.