Oct 23, 2012
By Scott Walker
Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, and Quentin Tarantino are already winning awards for films that haven’t even been released yet.
They were among the honorees at yesterday’s 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards, which bills itself as “the official launch of awards season.” The event recognizes films that are likely to become awards contenders, and they include Tarantino’s anticipated Django Unchained, which isn’t due out until Christmas Day.
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.
DeNiro was honoured for Silver Linings Playbook, which comes out next month.
Dustin Hoffman won the “breakout director award” for his work on Quartet about retired opera singers. It will be released in the New Year.