Hollywood Film Awards Honor Oscar Hopefuls

November 15, 2014 3:07 PM
Hollywood Film Awards Honor Oscar Hopefuls
" LOS ANGELES (AP) — About halfway through the first televised Hollywood Film Awards, Chris Rock took the stage to accept a trophy for his film “Top Five.” ”Wow, do you feel the excitement in the room?” he asked facetiously, eliciting the first real laughter of the night from an otherwise restrained audience.

The show that has dubbed itself the “official launch of the awards season” was, even at a brisk two hours, a subdued celebration of celebrities and their films, many of which have only played at festivals and some that have yet to be seen by anyone.

Now in its 18th year, The Hollywood Film Awards hopes to become one of the major stops on the annual movie awards trail, now that it’s being broadcast on CBS, along with a pre-show from the red carpet and a post-show recap. This year’s host was Queen Latifah.

For years, the non-televised show has raised eyebrows for awarding honors to unreleased films. Yet the stars have always seemed to show up, eager to boost industry buzz for their films. This year was no exception "

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