The Hollywood Film Awards took place in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on November, 7. Each year, the show honors the actors and actresses for their performance in their latest film.
A lot of celebrities, among whom Natalie Portman, Robert de Niro, Tom Hanks, were among the stars honored at the Hollywood Film Awards. Mel Gibson won the best director award for World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge. Natalie Portman won best actress for Jackie Kennedy, in which she portrays the former US first lady after John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
This year, just two days before the US presidential elections, the 20th Hollywood Film Awards, hosted by James Corden, were mainly focused on the election results. Some celebrities took advantage of the ceremony to raise their voice, give their opinion on the election and encourage the audience to vote. The Republican candidate, Donald Trump, was largely blasted in some of the speeches.
Corden opened the show with polical jokes: “This year they brought back Star wars with a female lead…” He also joked that it was “the last awards show before the apocalypse.”
Leonardo Dicaprio, who won the Hollywood documentary award with Fisher Stevens for their eco-film “Before the Blood”, spoke about the lack of discussion about climate change. He said “let’s all use our power as citizens and do the right thing. Please vote this Tuesday!” And he added “vote for people who believe in the science of climate,” in reference to Donald Trump who denied the existence of climate change.
Robert De Niro said “It’s hard for me to think about anything else (…) We have the opportunity to prevent a comedy to turn into a tragedy. Vote for Hillary Tuesday.”
Natalie Portman reminded the audience of the sexist statements of the Republican candidate.
On the other side of the political Spectrum, voices were quieter.
Clint Eastwood who introduced Hollywood actor awards winner Tom Hanks, did not make any statement on the elections and the conservative Mel Gibson, who won the Hollywood director award made a short speech about his cast members but he avoided any comments on the election.
Solenn Duplessy, IEJ 3F