The real party at the Hollywood Awards on Monday may have been backstage at the BevHilton. Once again a heavy-hitter crowd turned out for the banquet, which closed the Hollywood Film Festival. However, some of the presenters ducked back behind the black curtain after giving their award, so perhaps co-host Mary Hart wasn’t just making happy talk when she burbled on about the party backstage.
Still, the evening had a relaxed air with people free to use FCC-banned words, as did presenter Diane Keaton, calling honoree Goldie Hawn “fucking funny.”
The biggest laughs came as Ron Howard described conversations that directors have — serious ones, such as how to portray mental illness, as well as, “Is Daryl Hannah‘s hair covering her nipples?”
Hawn drew laughs as she described her career arc thus: ” I made a few movies, then I got married. I made another movie, then I got divorced, I made another movie and I got married again. I made a movie, then I had Ollie; I made another movie, then I had Katy. Then I got divorced. I made another movie, then I met Kurt Russell …”
While it was a glitzy evening, few stars stood out as much as female breakthrough performer of the year Scarlett Johanssen, mainly thanks to her electric blue dress, which drew appreciative comments from one presenter after another. . Presenter Bill Mechanic, meanwhile, compared the young thesp to Elizabeth Taylor.
The evening had its serious side, too, as prizes were handed out to pics “Khachaturian” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”
Among the 1,500 guests were the fest’s Carlos De Abreu, Paula Wagner, honorees Ron Bass, Orlando Bloom, David Foster, John Toll, Andrew Stanton, John Gaeta, Alison Lohman and Geoffrey Rush. Presenters included George Lucas, Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Benton, Neve Campbell, Cameron Crowe, Frank Darabont and Ellen DeGeneres.