The Hollywood Film Awards were presented earlier this week, officially kicking off the silly movie awards season, which ends with the Academy Awards next spring. Yes, almost half a year away.
Non-televised, the Hollywood Film Awards were evidently a bawdy, expletive-filled affair, with stars not feeling the need to censor themselves (Julia Roberts reportedly dropped an F-bomb in her thank-you speech).
Lead acting nods that signal Oscar attention went to Sandra Bullock for her devastating work in “Gravity” and Matthew McConaughey for his performance as a man dignosed as HIV-positive in “Dallas Buyer’s Club.”
Supporting nods went to Jake Gyllenhall for “Prisoners” and Julia Roberts for “August: Osage County.”
Harrison Ford was the recipient of the career achievement award and reportedly got a standing ovation, after which he said:
“Sit down, so they can continue serving drinks.”
Speaking of awards — The Tallgrass Film Festival, held in Wichita Oct. 16-20, was a rousing success. Last Sunday, the festival announced its awards. Here they are:
Vimeo Audience Awards
(Voted on by Tallgrass movie-goers.)
($1,000 prize): “Forev” (James Leffler and Molly Green, directors)
Vimeo Audience Award Documentary Feature ($1,000 prize): “Blackfish” (Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director)
Vimeo Audience Award Short Film ($500 prize): “Dotty” (Mick Andrews and Brett O’Gorman, directors)
Golden Strands Awards
(Voted on by Tallgrass programmers.)
Best documentary feature: “I Will Be Murdered” (Justin Weber, director)
Best narrative feature: “Blue Caprice” (Alexandre Moors, director)
Directing recognition: Andrew Bowser, “Worm” (My favorite film of the festival.)
Acting recognition: Golshifteh Farahani, “The Patience Stone” (Atiq Rahimi, director)
Best short film: “The Butcher’s Dozen” (Eirin Strickland, director)
Best Kansas short film: “Full Service” (Erich Rumback, director)
Best emerging student short film: “Why Not?” (Mariah Hall, director)
Vimeo Stubbornly Independent Award ($2,500 prize): “Favor” (Paul Osbourne, director)
Quick movie news — LucasFilm announced earlier this week that Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Aarndt (“Little Miss Shinshine”) is exiting the ingeniously titled “Star Wars Episode VII.” Director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (who wrote my favoriate installment in the series, “The Empire Strikes Back”) are taking over writing duties. ... Former model Jamie Dornan (TV’s “Once Upon A Time”) has been cast as Christian Grey in the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” after “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam bowed out last week. ... Deadline Hollywood has confirmed that Tom Hardy will play Elton John in the upcoming biopic “Rocketman.” I am not kidding.