The Wild West hit the Century Plaza Hotel Saturday for the 15th annual Golden Boot Awards.
More than 1,200 of Hollywood’s cowboys, stuntmen, filmmakers and fans were rounded up for the awards honoring Western films and stars, one of the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s biggest fundraisers. Emceed by critic Leonard Maltin, the event, which this year raised more than $175,000, helps support MPTF’s health and human services as well as its retirement program and home.
Leading the way for this year’s seven Golden Boot honorees — who also included Chuck Hayward (accepted by stuntman Bob Morgan), Anne Jeffreys, Clint Walker, Leo Gordon and Robert Urich — was actor Karl Malden.
“I love Westerns. I enjoyed being in Westerns because I was the bad guy,” Malden told attendees. “I was the guy that gave ’em hell until the last reel when they would all turn it around. Have you ever tried to outdraw Gary Cooper?
“I’ll put this between the Oscar and the Emmy,” Malden added in accepting the honor to warm applause.
This year’s Founder’s Award, in memory of Golden Boot founder Pat Buttram, was presented posthumously to legendary helmer John Ford, director of notable Westerns such as “Stagecoach” and “My Darling Clementine.”
Randolph Scott posthumously received the President Reagan Hollywood Westerner Hall of Fame Award, for his roles in pics such as “Ride the High Country,” “The Gunfighters” and “Bounty Hunter.”
Presenters included Martin Landau, Angie Dickinson, Richard Farnsworth, James Drury, Ed Harris, James Gammon, George Montgomery and Harry Carey Jr.