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At This Awards Show, Presenters Routinely Tell the Audience to ‘Shut the F— Up’

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.

Shutterstock_JaredLetoThen 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.”

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Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy Make Room for the Smartphone

Tuesday night, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and their charmingly low-key Before Midnight director and co-writer Richard Linklater were back where it all began 18 years ago: the stage of the DGA Theatre on Sunset Blvd. The LA premiere of the third installment of the trio’s epic indie romance series was preceded by a crowded food-and-vodka reception in the lobby.

When Before Sunrise arrived in 1995, cell phones were just becoming affordable and popular. Today of course, the smart devices are ubiquitous; in the DGA lobby, where patrons snapped Delpy and Hawke on the indoor red carpet; and later on the DGA big screen. In Before Midnight, critical cell phone calls and text messages anchor each of the movie’s three conversational acts.

Because most of today’s film critics still (foolishly) believe that reviews must detail a movie’s plot points, it will be virtually impossible for any such critique to avoid spoilers. Our best advice to Before series fans is not to read any of the write-ups until after you’ve watched the latest chapter, which opens Friday in LA, New York and other select cities.

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