Oscars 2007: Let The Games Begin

World Trade Center received the top honors at the Hollywood Awards last night. It was the first major award show of the 2006/2007 season.

Don’t be alarmed by this choice. The winner was selected by fans through an online vote. Really, this award show only hints at what could occur during the award season.

And, why Penelope Cruz, why?

World Trade Center Wins First Film Honor of the Season
By WENN Tuesday, October 24, 2006 [SOURCE]

HOLLYWOOD – Oliver Stone’s gripping 9/11 drama World Trade Center was named Best Film in the first major awards show of the 2006/2007 season, beating out Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest at the Hollywood Awards last night.

The night’s big award was voted for by online film fans.

The other big winner at last night’s honors was Robin Williams, who claimed the Hollywood Career Achievement Award and poked fun at his recent rehab stint.

The recovering alcoholic told the star-studded Beverly Hilton audience, “It’s fun to come out of rehab and come somewhere with an open bar.”

Meanwhile, Forest Whitaker earned the Hollywood Actor of the Year Award for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, while Penelope Cruz‘s turn in Volver earned her the Hollywood Actress of the Year Award.

Ben Affleck claimed the Best Supporting Actor prize for playing TV Superman George Reeves in Hollywoodland.

Affleck took time to heap praise on his actress wife Jennifer Garner, who had to leave the event early to take care of the couple’s baby daughter, during his acceptance speech.

He cooed, “The woman who is babysitting my daughter tonight, she’s the reason I was able to be here. She’s, in fact, the reason most of the good things have happened to me in my life. She is spectacular.” Affleck’s Forces of Nature costar Sandra Bullock picked up the night’s Best Supporting Actress trophy for her portrayal of Harper Lee in new film Infamous.

Lindsay Lohan and Derek Luke were honored with Breakthrough Actor and Actress of the Year Awards, while Lohan’s starry movie Bobby was handed the Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award.

Oliver Stone also claimed the Director of the Year prize for World Trade Center.

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