Haute Event: Quentin Tarantino, Ben Affleck + Richard Gere Honored at Hollywood Film Awards Gala

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Hollywood’s brightest stars were out in abundance last night to attend the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards gala.

Quentin Tarantino, Richard DeNiro, Bradley Cooper, Ben Affleck, David O. Russel and Dustin Hoffman were among the honorees at the fete, which bills itself as “the official launch of awards season.” The event promotes films and actors that may be big winners in the world of film.

While accepting his award for screenwriter of the year, “Django Unchained” scribe Tarantino noted that it was odd to receive an accolade for a film he’s still working on.

He laughed: “I’ll be able to say, hey, you want to take a line out of my AWARD-WINNING screenplay?”

Seth Rogen, who presented the comedy award to longtime writer-director pal Judd Apatow, said: “It’s nice because it kind of feels like these are the new Golden Globes. No one knows what it is. Who voted for this?”

Apatow was honored for “This is 40”; De Niro, Cooper and Russell were honored for “Silver Linings Playbook” and Richard Gere received a lifetime achievement award.

Amy Adams and Marion Cottilard were also in attendance at the LA Times-sponsored event, which was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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