Gala gets generous with the trophies

Movie celebs turned out in force to give and receive at the very long 14th annual Hollywood Awards gala held Monday at the Beverly Hilton.

Presenter James Franco credited his days of quick memorization on soap operas for landing him the lead role in Danny Boyle and Christian Colson’s pic “127 Hours.”

“I’m glad to know we’re indebted to ‘General Hospital,'” said producer-honoree Boyle.

Don Rickles had the crowd laughing, albeit awkwardly, when he presented Lee Unkrich with the animation kudo for “Toy Story 3,” and continually mangled the helmer’s name. “You see what I had to put up with,” Unkrich joked, referring to his time on set with the vet comic, who voiced Mr. Potato Head.

Picking up honors for his humanitarian efforts in Haiti, Sean Penn confessed that he returned to L.A. from Haiti just the previous night, and he called on the crowd to help with his efforts there: “Haiti deserves our focus. It’s our neighbor.”

Bruce Willis and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger presented Sylvester Stallone with his career achievement award, to which Sly quipped, “I just wanted to say that I hope you guys never get this.”

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