Apples of their eyes

Stallone, McCarthy club's Stars of the Year

Sylvester Stallone and Jenny McCarthy won the Hollywood Women’s Press Club’s Star of the Year awards at the 57th annual Golden Apple Awards luncheon, held Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Stallone gave the most lengthy acceptance speech, rife with self-deprecating humor and personal anecdotes. “This is really such an honor,” Stallone said, “because I didn’t ever think I’d be on the receiving end of this type of apple. It serves as a barometer because it shows I must have made some good choices recently.”

The spirited McCarthy, who outpolled Kirstie Alley, Ellen DeGeneres, Nicole Kidman and Brooke Shields for her award, silenced emcee Hal Kanter for a moment with an exuberant kiss when she stepped up to receive her Golden Apple.

Honored with the Discovery of the Year awards were Chinese actress Bai Ling and British actor Rupert Everett. “It is more refreshing than a good collagen injection to be discovered at the age of 38 after 20 years in the business,” quipped Everett.

“Red Corner’s” elegant Ling, overcome with emotion, struggled through tears to express the honor she felt in accepting the award on the one hand, and her sorrow over being “afraid to go back to China.” Recently relocated to the U.S., she said, “I am very lucky. I have a lot of people helping me in this country.”

Veteran actress Mary Tyler Moore received the Louella Parsons Award, honoring a “person held in highest esteem by her peers.” After reminiscing about a youthful wish to win the newcomer award, Moore cracked, “Well, here I am getting the good-old-broad award.”

The Sour Apple awards, announced by Monty Hall, went to former sports announcer Marv Albert and actress Pamela Lee, who, in keeping with tradition, weren’t on hand to accept their awards.

The Buddy Rogers Hollywood Legend Award went to Elizabeth Taylor, who was unable to appear.

Also attending as awards presenters were Gary Collins and wife Mary Ann Mobley.

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