Michelle Williams (right) and Glenn Close will receive, respectively, the Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Actress Award and the Hollywood Career Achievement Award at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 24.
All those “Hollywood” mentions in the above paragraph are not my doing. The Hollywood Film Festival is just that: Hollywood. Glenn Close is a top contender for the 2012 Best Actress Academy Award for her performance in the gender-bending drama Albert Nobbs. Williams may turn out to be a strong contender as well for bringing back to life Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, which will be distributed by Oscarmeister Harvey Weinstein's The Weinstein Company.
Other honorees at this year's Hollywood Awards ceremony are Supporting Actor Award winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners), Breakthrough Actor Award winner Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50), Hollywood Ensemble Award winner The Help (Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sissy Spacek, Cicely Tyson, etc.), New Hollywood Award winner Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), and Breakthrough Actress Award winner Jessica Chastain, who can be seen everywhere you look, what with Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or winner The Tree of Life, the aforementioned The Help, The Debt, Take Shelter, and Coriolanus.
Also: Rango will get the Hollywood Animation Award; Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life) the Hollywood Cinematographer Award; Stephen Mirrione (The Ides of March) the Hollywood Editor Award; James J. Murakami (whose work on J. Edgar hasn't been viewed, yet) the Hollywood Production Designer Award; and Scott Farrar (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) the Hollywood Visual Effects Award.
Previous winners of the various Hollywood Awards – a sort of pre-awards-season reminder about the year's countless contenders – include an eclectic range of talent. Those include just about everyone from Geoffrey Rush to Lindsay Lohan, from Christoph Waltz to Robert Pattinson, from John Travolta to Gabourey Sidibe, from Scarlett Johansson to Derek Luke.
According to the Hollywood Awards site, “in the last 8 years, a total of 73 Oscar nominations and 27 Oscars were given to films showcased and/or to the nominees and honorees of the Hollywood Awards.”
Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell will host the awards gala ceremony. The Hollywood Film Festival will take place Oct. 20-24 at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood.
My Week with Marilyn picture: The Weinstein Company.