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Hollywood Film Awards now made for TV


Hollywood Film Awards now made for TV

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Judging by the cluster of Emmys in his office, CBS executive Jack Sussman knows something about making successful television, and he’s betting on a new awards-show broadcast.

The Hollywood Film Awards, which has been held off-camera since 1997, will make its TV debut Friday as a two-hour special on CBS.

But does television really need another Hollywood award show? “I don’t know,” says Sussman, “but it can use a show that has credibility and kicks off the awards season.”

Hollywood’s awards season is almost year-round, but it shifts into high gear in the first months of the new year, when the Golden Globes, Grammys, Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Oscars are traditionally held.

The Hollywood Film Awards recognises outstanding film work from the full calendar year, even though not all the contenders will have hit theatres before the ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium.

“There’s nothing in… the middle of November that gets the ball rolling” for awards season, Sussman said, characterising the fall ceremony as a “television tutorial of what the movie season is and what you have to look forward to”.

Johnny Depp, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon, Eddie Redmayne, Jared Leto, Kristen Stewart, Channing Tatum, Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr are among the stars set to appear on the Hollywood Film Awards, which will be hosted by Queen Latifah.

Janelle Monae is set to perform with her band during the show, produced by dick clark productions, which also handles the Golden Globes.

Latifah said she expects the evening to be “a cool and relaxed celebration” of the year’s films.

Producer R.A. Clark said his challenge is condensing what used to be a four-hour, camera-free dinner into a tight, two-hour, TV-ready program. Prizes will be presented in 18 categories, including breakthrough director, acting ensemble, blockbuster of the year and comedy of the year.