After they showed a montage of Theron’s work, the actress, who was introduced to the stage by Nicole Kidman, joked “Nothing sets the tone for the night than me blowtorching a man in space. It’s no wonder I’m single.”
Kidman and Theron are about to be seen in ‘Bombshell’ about sexual allegations made at Fox News, in which Theron plays Megyn Kelly. At the end of her speech, Theron said .”It’s going to take some time to unravel the old rules and change the dynamics and right the power structures that shape the world but I believe it’s going to happen and it starts with all the brave women stepping up and speaking out and sometimes risking everything to do the right thing. I want to thank all those women tonight.”
Shia LaBeouf was praised for his screenplay for the film ‘Honey Boy’, which he wrote in rehab and is based on his own life story. After being introduced by Robert Downey Jr., LaBeouf thanked the police officer in Georgia who arrested him for being public drunkenness, as well as his therapist and sponsor for “saving my life”.
After director Martin Scorsese publicly criticized the Marvel Studios comic book adaptations, actor Mark Ruffalo, who was on hand to present Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige the Hollywood Blockbuster Award for ‘Avengers: Endgame’, took to the stage, with Scorsese in the audience, and said “That’s what makes ‘Avengers: Endgame’ so powerful to witness, these characters that care about and reckon with the world around them, the world that they had a hand in creating, to watch them struggle and survive and sometimes even say goodbye, that’s what makes it cinema.”
Director James Mangold, who won the Hollywood Director Award for ‘Ford v Ferrari’, also addressed Scorsese’s comments, saying “As fewer and fewer movies make it to the screen, we all start squabbling with each other about who is making better and more important films and I think the reality is we’re all making important films, we just wish there was more real estate for them all to get up on a screen.”
Other winners included Renee Zellweger, who won the best actress award for ‘Judy’ and Antonio Banderas who took the best actor for ‘Pain and Glory’.
Taron Egerton and Cynthia Erivo won the breakthrough actor and actress respectively, while Al Pacino and Laura Dern won the supporting actor gongs.
The Hollywood Breakthrough Director award went to Olivia Wilde for ‘Booksmart’, while South Korean director took home the Hollywood Filmmaker Award’ and Pharrell Williams won the Hollywood Song Award.