Hilary Swank tapped for lead actress award by Hollywood fest

Posted by · 10:11 am · October 14th, 2009

Hilary Swank in AmeliaWe’re slowly rounding out the list of honorees at this year’s Hollywood Film Festival, a slate of “winners” that I’d be inclined to call the result of, well, hard-working publicists getting the word out on their clients rather than honest-to-God consideration of artistic merit, but hey, tis the season.

Today, Hilary Swank has been announced as the recipient of the Hollywood Actress Award for her work in the upcoming (and, nine days before released, still unscreened outside of a handful of people) “Amelia.” She joins Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore in the major acting awards camp.  We’re still waiting on the announcement of the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award.

The gala ceremony will take place October 26 in Beverly Hills.  Also right around the corner is the Gotham Awards.  We’re wading out into it now.  Check out the full list of presently announced Hollywood Film Fest winners after the jump.

Hollywood Actor Award: Robert De Niro, “Everybody’s Fine”
Hollywood Actress Award: Hilary Swank, “Amelia”
Hollywood Supporting Actress Award: Julianne Moore, “A Single Man,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “Chloe”
Hollywood Director Award: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
Hollywood Producer Award: Ryan Kavanaugh, “Brothers,” “Nine,” etc.
Hollywood Screenwriter Award: Nora Ephron, “Julie & Julia”
Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award: Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”
Hollywood Breakthrough Actress Award: Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Hollywood Comedy Award: Bradley Cooper, “The Hangover”
Hollywood Breakthrough Screenwriter Award: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, “(500) Days of Summer”
Hollywood Animation Award: “Up”
Hollywood Cinematographer Award: Roger Deakins, “A Serious Man”
Hollywood Composer Award: Alexandre Desplat, “Cheri,” “Coco Before Chanel,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Julie & Julia,” “A Prophet”
Hollywood Costume Designer Award: Colleen Atwood, “Nine”
Hollywood Editor Award: Dana Glauberman, “Up in the Air”
Hollywood Production Designer Award: Rick Carter, “Avatar”
Hollywood Visual Effects Award: Scott Farrar, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
New Hollywood Award: Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious”
Hollywood Spotlight Awards: Shorheh Aghdashloo, Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynsky, Zachary Quinto

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  • 1 10-14-2009 at 10:13 am

    billybil said...

    My God Swank must have a really good team behind her!!

  • 2 10-14-2009 at 10:14 am

    Loyal said...

    Yeah, I’m supposed to go to a screening of Amelia in a few days. I can’t imagine with a PG rating that there’s any meat there.

    The last PG rated film to earn a Best Actress win was Driving Miss Daisy. And Swank is no Tandy.

  • 3 10-14-2009 at 10:22 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I haven’t even made that connection on the rating, Loyal. Good point.

  • 4 10-14-2009 at 10:37 am

    TWC said...

    “I’m just a girl from a trailer park!” Gosh I hope I won’t have to hear that for a third time! Two times is bad enough!

  • 5 10-14-2009 at 10:45 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Thanks for giving me more hope that she’ll be snubbed, Loyal. I needed that, heh.

    I don’t think the wins here mean *too* much. I’m more swayed by the breakthroughs.

  • 6 10-14-2009 at 10:46 am

    The Other James D. said...

    P.S. Every time I see her now, I can’t get that episode of “The Office” out of my head, where they debated whether she was hot or not.

    I agree with Kevin, fyi.

  • 7 10-14-2009 at 10:50 am

    Loyal said...

    Does anyone here know a lot about Amelia Earhart? Does her life story not facilitate a PG-13? Violence, jazz, and liquor.

  • 8 10-14-2009 at 10:54 am

    The Other James D. said...

    I shouldn’t judge it too early, but yeah, I’d agree that skipping over those grittier aspects is a mistake.

    I’ve heard “Invictus” is doing the same thing–disregarding the brutal ways of Mandela. Ugh. It figures “Million Dollar Baby” turds had a hand in each of them.

  • 9 10-14-2009 at 11:43 am

    AmericanRequiem said...

    million dollar baby is a great movie imo, and a lot of others, lets not forget Bright Star is also PG, but ya, this movie i son the verge on falling apart, or maybe fox searchlight is onto a new strategy, drop expectations entirely, then blow our minds, if this fails, fantastic mr fox is going to be pushed hard in the best picture category

  • 10 10-14-2009 at 11:49 am

    The Other James D. said...

    “Good Night, and Good Luck.” was PG, true. But that was somehow still quite riveting.

    Fox Searchlight’s best opportunities in the BP race (which it usually gets into, save for 2005) lie with “(500) Days of Summer”. It was very well-reviewed and the voters will probably enjoy it a great deal.

  • 11 10-14-2009 at 12:05 pm

    AnitaAnAward said...

    HURL! Swank?!?! Did Streep get this last year?

  • 12 10-14-2009 at 12:24 pm

    mark said...

    i still think she is the 5th spot filler.

  • 13 10-14-2009 at 12:31 pm

    Jim T said...

    I don’t get it. How do they justify the awards?
    “We give this to actor X because he seems cool in the trailer”?

  • 14 10-14-2009 at 2:04 pm

    BerkeleyGirl said...

    Billybil: Keep in mind – Swank literally sleeps with her agent.

  • 15 10-14-2009 at 3:52 pm

    Alex said...

    I’m hearing that Swank will go Supporting to capitalize on the lack of competition in the category.

  • 16 10-14-2009 at 4:23 pm

    m1 said...

    I hope Peter Sarsgaard takes the supporting actor prize.

  • 17 10-14-2009 at 5:44 pm

    Mike said...

    Hurray for her! I don’t get the whole Hilary Swank hate. She is a great actress who has given two incredible performances. I really hope she gets a nom, but I think a win might be a but much thoguh not out of the question. The voters loves biopics, and they clearly love Hilary Swank.

  • 18 10-14-2009 at 5:55 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    “I’ve heard “Invictus” is doing the same thing–disregarding the brutal ways of Mandela.”

    To be fair, “Invictus” focuses exclusively on Mandela’s significantly mellowed post-apartheid career as president — you’re talking about a very different period.

  • 19 10-14-2009 at 9:02 pm

    Patrick said...

    How can Nine win anything when it isn’t even finished?

  • 20 10-14-2009 at 10:38 pm

    Cde. said...

    “maybe fox searchlight is onto a new strategy, drop expectations entirely, then blow our minds, if this fails, fantastic mr fox is going to be pushed hard in the best picture category”
    Yeah right. More like Avatar.

  • 21 10-14-2009 at 10:39 pm

    Cde. said...

    Patrick: Avatar isn’t finished either.

    How did they chose these things?

  • 22 10-15-2009 at 1:06 am

    Kevin said...

    Come on guys – even if Hilary’s not your favourite actress in the world, some of these comments are a bit out of line (and downright nasty). It’s not like this is AwardsDaily or something.

    Judge the performance for what it is, not the person.