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Stars kick off movie awards season at Hollywood Film Awards

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Image caption Mel Gibson's new film Hacksaw Ridge was released last week

Mel Gibson, Natalie Portman and Tom Hanks are among the stars who were honoured at the Hollywood Film Awards.

Gibson won best director for World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge, a sign he has been accepted by the industry a decade after an infamous anti-Semitic rant.

Portman won best actress for Jackie, in which she portrays Jacqueline Kennedy after John F Kennedy's assassination.

The event styles itself as the start of the awards season, but is regarded with scepticism by some industry observers.

Winners were announced in advance with no nominations. Many of the winning films have not yet been released and an anonymous panel chooses the recipients.

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Image caption Natalie Portman is pregnant with her second child
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Image caption Host James Corden was applauded by actress Anna Kendrick

But that did not stop an A-list crowd turning up to the ceremony, which was compered by TV host James Corden - although he did joke at one point that they were "fake awards".

The night was also peppered with references to Tuesday's US presidential election.

"Tonight is actually rigged," Corden told the audience at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, referring to Donald Trump's complaints about the election. "Literally, none of this is real."

He also joked that it was "the last awards show before the apocalypse".

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Image caption Tom Hanks received his trophy from Sully director Clint Eastwood
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Image caption Nicole Kidman was joined by her Lion co-star Dev Patel

Robert De Niro, who won the comedy award for the film The Comedian, compared Mr Trump to the "totally insane" General Jack D Ripper from Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove.

He said: "It's two days until a frightening election. The shadow of politics is hanging over us whether we like it or not.

"It's hard for me to think about anything else so let me lay it out right here. We have the opportunity to prevent a comedy from turning into a tragedy. Vote for Hillary Tuesday."

Tom Hanks won the best actor award for the film Sully, in which he played Captain Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who safely landed a passenger plane on New York's Hudson River in 2009.

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Image caption Hugh Grant was reunited with his Four Weddings and a Funeral co-star Andie MacDowell
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Image caption Lily Collins (left) and Naomie Harris also received prizes

Nicole Kidman won the supporting actress award for Lion, while Hugh Grant was named best supporting actor for his role in Florence Foster Jenkins.

He was presented with the award by Andie MacDowell, his co-star in the 1994 film Four Weddings And A Funeral.

Addressing her on stage, Grant said: "I'm just depressed at how much better preserved you are than I am after 22 years. Do you use any special creams or anything like that?

"It's amazing. You're still a southern peach and I am, according to Twitter, a scrotum.

"I almost never get a prize and I'm so pleased with this one. It will not be in my loo or used as a doorstep."

British actress Naomie Harris received the breakout actress award for her work in Moonlight, while Lily Collins, the daughter of singer Phil, was given the New Hollywood award for Rules Don't Apply.

Awards season kicks off in earnest when the Golden Globe nominations are announced on 12 December, and will culminate with the Oscars on 27 February.

The full list of Hollywood Film Awards winners:

  • Hollywood career achievement award - Eddie Murphy
  • Hollywood actor award - Tom Hanks for Sully
  • Hollywood actress award - Natalie Portman for Jackie
  • Hollywood director award - Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hollywood comedy award - Robert De Niro for The Comedian
  • Hollywood supporting actor award - Hugh Grant for Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Hollywood supporting actress award - Nicole Kidman for Lion
  • Hollywood breakout actress award - Naomie Harris for Moonlight
  • Hollywood breakthrough director award - Tom Ford for Nocturnal Animals
  • New Hollywood award - Lily Collins for Rules Don't Apply
  • Hollywood song award - Justin Timberlake for Can't Stop the Feeling! from Trolls
  • Hollywood documentary award - Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens for Before the Flood
  • Hollywood blockbuster award - The Jungle Book
  • Hollywood animation award - Zootopia
  • Hollywood ensemble award - Gold

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