Award season has officially begun.
James Corden held nothing back as the host of the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday night.
“If you told me a year ago that I would be hosting the Hollywood Film Awards, I would ask you ‘What are the Hollywood Film Awards?’ ” Corden joked in his opening monologue. “We aren’t even on TV!”
But the lack of broadcast certainly didn’t put a damper on the festivities. Instead of delivering perfectly rehearsed speeches, the stars took full advantage of the lack of censorship, using the night as an opportunity to crack a few jokes about Hollywood.
While Schumer gave an acceptance speech that sounded more like a comedy routine as she accepted the Hollywood Comedy Award, the night took a more serious turn when Foxx referenced the recent controversy surrounding Quentin Tarantino.
As Foxx presented an award to the cast of Tarantino’s Hateful Night, he defended the director for attending an anti-police brutality rally in New York last week. “Keep telling the truth, keep speaking the truth and don’t worry about the haters,” Foxx said.
While Diesel found himself as the butt of many jokes throughout the night for his high status in the film industry, he dedicated his Hollywood Blockbuster award for Furious 7 to his late friend and costar, Paul Walker.
“We made a film that made the whole world cry with us,” he said. “It is hard to celebrate Furious 7. I said I wasn’t going to talk about Paul, but when you have had a brother like that it is impossible not to.”
Mulligan was presented with the Hollywood Actress Award for her film Suffragette, while Smith took home the Hollywood Actor Award for Concussion. Fonda received a standing ovation as she accepting the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award.
The night concluded with De Niro taking home one of the most coveted trophies, the Hollywood Career Achievement Award.
“The Hollywood Film Awards are supposed to be the start to the awards season,” De Niro said as he accepted the award. “For me the awards season started 40 years ago … that’s a long f—ing awards season.”