There was a pretty interesting moment last night in Century City at the Intercontinental Hotel, where the global group of entertainment journalists known as the International Press Academy (IPA) had gathered to hand out their annual Satellite Awards. It happened when Courtney Love surprise-presented the Pickford Award to a man who played an important role in her one-time movie career.
From a summary article by IPA vice president Mike Szymanski:
Love admitted being a troubled personality in Hollywood, and the man she was presenting an award to, Mike Medavoy, actually paid the high insurance premium out of his own pocket for her so she could do her role in The People vs. Larry Flynt, which earned her lots of acting kudos.
“He paid that out of his own pocket and helped me through a hard time, and did the same for Robert Downey Jr.,” she said about the Academy-nominated actor who also struggled with drug problems.
The IPA ceremony separately featured a great convergence of Hollywood old-school elements when Dabney Coleman presented an Independent Producer of the Year prize to Philomena‘s Cabrielle Tana. She is the daughter of famed restaurant owner Dan Tana. Last night’s Satellite Awards were hosted by comedian and Stephanie Miller Show regular Hal Sparks.[Photo: Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com]