Hollywood famous for making something out of nothing has found another way to honor itself on prime-time television.
The Hollywood Film Awards, which bills itself as “the official launch of awards season,” is making its television debut tonight on CBS.
Scores of stars are expected at the Hollywood Palladium event, including The shows, host multi-talented Queen Latifah.
The inaugural telecast will feature 18 award categories apart from the non-televised craft categories. So if your having with drawls from the lack of shameless self promotion tonight should fill your cup.
2013 honorees included some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Sandra Bullock, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Daniels, Julie Delpy, Michael DeLuca, Harrison Ford, Ethan Hawke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael B. Jordan, John Knoll, Jared Leto, Juliette Lewis, Richard Linklater, Margo Martindale, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Steve McQueen, Dermot Mulroney, Sophie Nelisse, Julianne Nicholson, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Julia Roberts, Dan Scanlon, Sam Shepard, Misty Upham, Jerry Weintraub and many more.
Hollywood’s elite and available have dieted, waxed, plucked and been couture into the star commodity people are ready to exploit for network gain.
The award show was founded by entrepreneur Carlos de Abreu and his wife, former model Janice Pennington, the Hollywood Film Awards have been presented off-camera since 1997.
“It’s been the best-kept secret in all of Hollywood and we’re going to bring it to millions of people on television,” said CBS executive Jack Sussman, who signed on to broadcast the show after attending the ceremony last year. “It had this very kind of cool, almost everybody’s- in-the-same-family vibe.”
Contributing to that energy may be that many of the night’s awards recipients will be recognized for films that haven’t been released or even previewed yet. The show’s qualification period doesn’t end until six weeks after it airs on TV.
The recipients of the Hollywood Film Awards are selected for their body of work and/or a film that is to be released during the calendar year. The Hollywood Film Awards honors cinematic talent in the following categories:
Hollywood Career Achievement Award
Hollywood Actor Award
Hollywood Actress Award
Hollywood Supporting Actor Award
Hollywood Supporting Actress Award
Hollywood Ensemble Award
Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award
Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award
Hollywood Director Award
Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award
Hollywood Screenwriter Award
Hollywood Film Award
Hollywood Comedy Award
Hollywood Blockbuster Award
Hollywood Spotlight Award
Hollywood Documentary Award
New Hollywood Award
Hollywood Producers Award
Hollywood Cinematographer Award
Hollywood Editor Award
Hollywood Film Composer Award
Hollywood Song Award
Hollywood Production Designer Award
Hollywood Animation Award
Hollywood Visual Effects Award
Hollywood Costume Designer Award
Hollywood Makeup and Hair Award
Hollywood Leadership Award
Hollywood Humanitarian Award®*
* The Hollywood Film Awards® selects individuals to be recipients of our “Hollywood Humanitarian Awards” in recognition of their contribution to the betterment of their communities or society at large. Prior recipients include Nobel Peace Prize winner and President of East Timor, Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, Father Rick Frechette and actor and activist Sean Penn.
**Bold indicates a televised award category.
But Sussman of CBS said holding the show in the fall is great for viewers.
“We’re going to give you a sneak peek at the rest of the movies,” he said, adding, “You’re catching people at a moment in time where they haven’t been waterlogged by awards show after awards show after awards show that includes movies.”
Hollywood’s awards season has traditionally begun at year’s end. Golden Globe nominations will be announced on Dec. 11, and awards presented on Jan. 11, 2015. Academy Award nominations will be announced Jan. 15, with the Oscar show set for Feb. 22.
SPY will see you there tonight at the Hollywood Palladium and report with all the gossip, back stabbing and digging. And that is just our crew. Until then.