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, at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday.
Ben Affleck, right, a cast member and director of the film "Argo," with former C.I.A. agent Tony Mendez, whom he portrays in the film, backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala.
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Hollywood warmed up for its awards season with a love fest that recognized top actors and directors for films that haven’t been released yet. 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.”