11th Annual Hollywood Awards
A Who's Who of stars gathered to recognize the year's finest big screen performances at the Hollywood Film Festival's 11th Annual Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles. Jennifer Connelly-named Best Supporting Actress for her role in Reservation Road-joined fellow honorees Ben and Casey Affleck, Zac Efron and Brittany Snow at the Beverly Hilton hotel, where notable presenters like Brad Pitt offered tributes, testimonials and plenty of teasing in recognition of their latest career accomplishments.
-With reporting by Kimberly Lansing
Kirstie Alley and Brad Pitt
Backstage, Brad Pitt made nice with Kirstie Alley before taking the podium to poke fun at Breakthrough Acting award winner Casey Affleck. "When my agent first asked me if I would like to present an award to Affleck, I said,'Yeah, great! I love that guy!' and she said, 'No, it's the other one,'" Pitt quipped, referring to his Jesse James co-star as "Cassie" throughout his speech.
Casey and Ben Affleck
"The last time Casey and I won awards on the same night was when our little league team won the championship and we had a banquet at the BFW hall," said a sentimental Ben Affleck, who was awarded the trophy for Breathrough Director of the Year. "I'm really lucky to have this experience with my best friend and my brother."
Brittany Snow and Amanda Bynes
Brittany Snow (in Moschino) and Amanda Bynes re-teamed with Hairspray co-stars Zac Efron and John Travolta to accept their award for Best Ensemble. "I didn't want anything too young looking-just chic," an Alice + Olivia-clad Bynes said of her efforts to fit in among the Hollywood elite.
Looking seriously svelte in a dramatic cut-out dress, Catherine Zeta-Jones graced the stage to present Tinseltown producers Neil Meron and Craig Zaden with their awards. Once the last trophy was handed out, guests in need of a touch-up before the after-party headed to one of the suites where stylists from Prive Salon were giving complimentary blowouts and makeup artists were on hand for quick makeup fixes.
Zac Efron, Janet Jackson and John Travolta
Following the ceremony, guests including Zac Efron, Janet Jackson and John Travolta made their way outside, where the celebration took over every guest room bordering the Beverly Hilton pool, as well as the bar at the legendary Trader Vic's and the al fresco Circa 55 restaurant.