Here are a couple of early 2013 film awards season ways to highlight the differences between the two coasts.
The first is Nellie Andreeva’s recent report that Woody Allen will not make the trek to the Beverly Hilton on January 12, 2014 to accept a Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. As previous Oscar shows have demonstrated, the Woodman is never ready for a facile, self-congratulatory close-up. Be it AMPAS or HFPA.
Then there’s last night’s Gotham Awards, held at Cipriani Wall Street. Hollywood Reporter awards columnist Scott Feinberg reminds that the group of voters who picked the major category winners is minuscule. He also touches on a room vibe that is more raucous than the TV-film-booze mix of the Golden Globes:
The thankless job of hosting the festivities was carried out with good cheer by The League‘s Nick Kroll, who, like many hosts before him, struggled to retain the attention of much of the audience in the huge room with the high ceilings, even though he was pretty funny.
While Kroll never chided the loud talkers, actor Jared Leto, while accepting on behalf of his Dallas Buyers Club co-star Matthew McConaughey (who was on a movie set but listening in via Leto’s cell phone), and director Lee Daniels, while presenting to his The Butler lead actor Forest Whitaker, both told them directly to “Shut the f–k up.”
Separately, Julie Delpy, while co-presenting a special award to director Richard Linklater with Ethan Hawke, made some funny references about the rude crowd. Sounds like these “Gotham” awards could use a certain Caped Crusader to restore order. But until Christian Bale or Ben Affleck hosts the proceedings, there’s likely little chance of the audience truly paying attention.
Update (December 4):
According once again to Deadline’s Andreeva, Diane Keaton will accept the DeMille honor on Allen’s behalf.