Saturday, May 21, 2011

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars: Young Hollywood Awards

“That was really nice!” exclaimed 13-year-old Elle Fanning at Friday night’s Young Hollywood Awards, where the actress picked up Actress of the Year honors. Presented the award by film legend Francis Ford Coppola (he cast her in his next film, Twixt Now and Sunrise, after seeing her in daughter Sofia’s Somewhere), Fanning brought the house down at L.A. Live by doing what more seasoned actors might have held back. She cried.
Overcome with emotion at the honor of having one of America’s greatest living directors introduce her with fatherly affection at her first major awards acceptance, Fanning was grateful, graceful, and adorably childlike. These are the Young Hollywood Awards, yes, but it’s easy to forget the “youth” part of it all when teenagers are trotting the red carpet like seasoned couturehounds. Moments like this, with Fanning genuinely verklemt at the podium (see it for yourself May 26, when the Young Hollywood Awards air on ION Television at 9pm ET/PT), bring the spectacle back to its essence — the celebration of young talent on the rise among Hollywood’s under-30 set.
Among the youngest of the young on hand: Fanning, 13; Hailee Steinfeld, 14; Super 8’s Riley Griffiths and Ryan Lee, both 13.
Given 2010’s crop of roles for young people, this year’s honorees represented a deep field of talent. Garrett Hedlund received the Actor of the Year award (Film), receiving his award from Tron: Legacycast-mate Michael Sheen; Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld got a surprise when Jeff Bridges, her True Grit co-star, showed up to fete her.

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