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De Niro, Gere, Affleck, Adams feted at early film awards

  • Robert De Niro, left, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, David O. Russell, center, recipient of the Hollywood Director Award, and Bradley Cooper, recipient of the Hollywood Actor Award, pose together at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Russell directed De Niro and Cooper in the forthcoming film "Silver Linings Playbook." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Robert De Niro, left, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, David O. Russell, center, recipient of the Hollywood Director Award, and Bradley Cooper, recipient of the Hollywood Actor Award, pose together at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Russell directed De Niro and Cooper in the forthcoming film "Silver Linings Playbook." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Wally Pfister, right, recipient of the Hollywood Cinematographer Award for the film "The Dark Knight Rises," poses with the film's director Christopher Nolan backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Wally Pfister, right, recipient of the Hollywood Cinematographer Award for the film "The Dark Knight Rises," poses with the film's director Christopher Nolan backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Wally Pfister, right, recipient of the Hollywood Cinematographer Award for the film "The Dark Knight Rises," poses with the film's director Christopher Nolan backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Wally Pfister, right, recipient of the Hollywood Cinematographer Award for the film "The Dark Knight Rises," poses with the film's director Christopher Nolan backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Actors Tom Holland, left, Ezra Miller, center, and John Magaro, recipients of the Hollywood Spotlight Award, pose together backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Actors Tom Holland, left, Ezra Miller, center, and John Magaro, recipients of the Hollywood Spotlight Award, pose together backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Actors Tom Holland, left, Ezra Miller, center, and John Magaro, recipients of the Hollywood Spotlight Award, pose together backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Actors Tom Holland, left, Ezra Miller, center, and John Magaro, recipients of the Hollywood Spotlight Award, pose together backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Amy Adams, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award for "The Master," poses backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Amy Adams, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award for "The Master," poses backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Amy Adams, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award for "The Master," poses backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Amy Adams, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award for "The Master," poses backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Ben Affleck, right, a cast member and director of the film "Argo," poses with former C.I.A. agent Tony Mendez, whom he portrays in the film, backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Ben Affleck, right, a cast member and director of the film "Argo," poses with former C.I.A. agent Tony Mendez, whom he portrays in the film, backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Ben Affleck, right, a cast member and director of the film "Argo," poses with former C.I.A. agent Tony Mendez, whom he portrays in the film, backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Ben Affleck, right, a cast member and director of the film "Argo," poses with former C.I.A. agent Tony Mendez, whom he portrays in the film, backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Judd Apatow, left, recipient of the Hollywood Comedy Award, poses with actor Seth Rogen backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Judd Apatow, left, recipient of the Hollywood Comedy Award, poses with actor Seth Rogen backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Judd Apatow, left, recipient of the Hollywood Comedy Award, poses with actor Seth Rogen backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Judd Apatow, left, recipient of the Hollywood Comedy Award, poses with actor Seth Rogen backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Richard Gere, recipient of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award, waves to photographers at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Richard Gere, recipient of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award, waves to photographers at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Richard Gere, recipient of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award, waves to photographers at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Richard Gere, recipient of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award, waves to photographers at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Robert De Niro, left, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, is greeted by Bradley Cooper, recipient of the Hollywood Actor Award, at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. De Niro and Cooper are cast members in the forthcoming film "Silver Linings Playbook." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Robert De Niro, left, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, is greeted by Bradley Cooper, recipient of the Hollywood Actor Award, at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. De Niro and Cooper are cast members in the forthcoming film "Silver Linings Playbook." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Robert De Niro, left, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, is greeted by Bradley Cooper, recipient of the Hollywood Actor Award, at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. De Niro and Cooper are cast members in the forthcoming film "Silver Linings Playbook." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Robert De Niro, left, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, is greeted by Bradley Cooper, recipient of the Hollywood Actor Award, at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. De Niro and Cooper are cast members in the forthcoming film "Silver Linings Playbook." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Amy Adams, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award for "The Master," poses backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Amy Adams, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award for "The Master," poses backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Robert De Niro, left, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, David O. Russell, center, recipient of the Hollywood Director Award, and Bradley Cooper, recipient of the Hollywood Actor Award, pose together at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Russell directed De Niro and Cooper in the forthcoming film "Silver Linings Playbook." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Robert De Niro, left, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, David O. Russell, center, recipient of the Hollywood Director Award, and Bradley Cooper, recipient of the Hollywood Actor Award, pose together at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Russell directed De Niro and Cooper in the forthcoming film "Silver Linings Playbook." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Robert De Niro, left, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, David O. Russell, center, recipient of the Hollywood Director Award, and Bradley Cooper, recipient of the Hollywood Actor Award, pose together at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Russell directed De Niro and Cooper in the forthcoming film "Silver Linings Playbook." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  • Wally Pfister, right, recipient of the Hollywood Cinematographer Award for the film "The Dark Knight Rises," poses with the film's director Christopher Nolan backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  • Wally Pfister, right, recipient of the Hollywood Cinematographer Award for the film "The Dark Knight Rises," poses with the film's director Christopher Nolan backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  • Actors Tom Holland, left, Ezra Miller, center, and John Magaro, recipients of the Hollywood Spotlight Award, pose together backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  • Actors Tom Holland, left, Ezra Miller, center, and John Magaro, recipients of the Hollywood Spotlight Award, pose together backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  • Amy Adams, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award for "The Master," poses backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  • Amy Adams, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award for "The Master," poses backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  • Ben Affleck, right, a cast member and director of the film "Argo," poses with former C.I.A. agent Tony Mendez, whom he portrays in the film, backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  • Ben Affleck, right, a cast member and director of the film "Argo," poses with former C.I.A. agent Tony Mendez, whom he portrays in the film, backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  • Judd Apatow, left, recipient of the Hollywood Comedy Award, poses with actor Seth Rogen backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  • Judd Apatow, left, recipient of the Hollywood Comedy Award, poses with actor Seth Rogen backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  • Richard Gere, recipient of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award, waves to photographers at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  • Richard Gere, recipient of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award, waves to photographers at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  • Robert De Niro, left, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, is greeted by Bradley Cooper, recipient of the Hollywood Actor Award, at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. De Niro and Cooper are cast members in the forthcoming film "Silver Linings Playbook." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  • Robert De Niro, left, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, is greeted by Bradley Cooper, recipient of the Hollywood Actor Award, at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. De Niro and Cooper are cast members in the forthcoming film "Silver Linings Playbook." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  • Amy Adams, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award for "The Master," poses backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  • Robert De Niro, left, recipient of the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, David O. Russell, center, recipient of the Hollywood Director Award, and Bradley Cooper, recipient of the Hollywood Actor Award, pose together at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Russell directed De Niro and Cooper in the forthcoming film "Silver Linings Playbook." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, director David O. Russell and writer-director Quentin Tarantino were among the honorees Monday at the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards, which bills itself as “the official launch of awards season.” The event recognizes films that are likely positioned as awards contenders, such as Tarantino’s anticipated “Django Unchained.”

In accepting his award for screenwriter of the year, Tarantino remarked that it was strange to get an award for a film he’s still working on, but added that he could use it as ammunition to defend long dialogue scenes during the editing process.

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

Seth Rogen presented the comedy award to writer-director Judd Apatow, whose film “This Is 40” opens at Christmastime.

“Perhaps the most amazing thing about this awards show tonight is that none of these movies have come out yet,” Rogen said. “I haven’t even heard of some of these movies yet. That’s how far out they are.

“It’s nice because it kind of feels like these are the new Golden Globes,” Rogen continued. “No one knows what it is. Who voted for this?”

Festival founders say the awards are based on “bodies of work and/or a film or films released during the calendar year.”

“No one has seen my movie,” Apatow said as he accepted his trophy. “This is just based on an assumption that it’s good.”

De Niro, Cooper and Russell were honored for “Silver Linings Playbook,” set for release later this year.

Other honorees at the starry dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel included Ben Affleck and the cast of “Argo,” Amy Adams, Dustin Hoffman and Marion Cotillard. Richard Gere received a lifetime achievement award.

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