HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival’s “Hollywood Awards” ceremony was held last night before a standing-room-only audience of over 1,100 Hollywood Film Festival® attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
The festival and awards, presented by Starz, announced this year’s winner of the “Hollywood Movie Awards” – David Yates’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” – which was chosen by the public voting online at the Yahoo! Movies website. The nominees for the “Hollywood Movie Awards” were: “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Harry Potterand the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” “The Help,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Rango,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Super 8,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” and “X-Men: First Class.”
The winners of the festival’s film competition were announced Sunday night at the “Hollywood Discovery Awards®” Presentation Ceremony at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. This year’s winners are: “Dorfman” by Brad Leong – Best Feature Film; “The World of Z” by Brad Besser and Vince Clemente – Best Documentary; and “Clear Blue” by Lindsay MacKay – Best Short Subject.
Special honors went to Glenn Close for career achievement; George Clooney, Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Carey Mulligan, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Felicity Jones, Berenice Bejo, Jean Dujardin, Elle Fanning, Amber Heard, Andrea Riseborough,Shailene Woodley, Anton Yelchin, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janey, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Mary Steenburgen, Emma Stone, and Cicely Tyson for acting; Bennett Miller for directing; Michel Hazanavicius for directing; Letty Aronson for producing; Diablo Cody for screenwriting; “Rango,” directed by Gore Verbinski, for animation; Alberto Iglesias for film composing; Emmanuel Lubezki for cinematography; Stephen Mirrione for editing; Scott Farrar (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) for visual effects; and James J. Murakami for production design.
Celebrities and Hollywood notables who attended the Hollywood Awards included Chris Albrecht – President and Chief Executive Officer of Starz LLC, Stephan Shelanski – Executive Vice President of Starz Entertainment, Timothy Sean Phillips – head of Yahoo!Movies, Ben Affleck, Craig Brewer, Beau Bridges, Michael Barker, Jerry Bruckheimer, Ted Danson, Drake Doremus, Tom Felton, Paul Haggis, Anne Hathaway, Jonah Hill, Julianne Hough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Ray Liotta, Ewan McGregor, Penelope Ann Miller, Don Murray, Christoph Waltz, Harvey Weinstein and Owen Wilson, to name a few. The gala awards presentation Monday evening was hosted by Nancy O’Dell of “Entertainment Tonight” and attendees were treated to the music of Johnny Crawford and his Orchestra.
The sponsors of the Hollywood Film Festival include presenter sponsor Starz Entertainment, and American Cinema Editors, American Society of Cinematographers, ArcLight Cinemas, Art Director’s Guild, The Casting Society of America, Celebrity Services, Columbia Pictures, Creative Artists Agency, DreamWorks SKG, Entertainment Tonight, Focus Features, Fox Searchlight, Gerry Turnbull, The Hollywood Network, HollywoodNews.com, ICM, ILM, Johnny Crawford Orchestra, Los Angeles Times, Motion Picture Editors Guild, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Sony Pictures, Summit Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Variety, Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., The Weinstein Company and YAHOO! Movies, Inc., among others.