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Will Smith at the 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards

*”For me it was a difficult conflict, but then I met Dr. Bennet Omalu, who is the doctor who discovered CTE” (chronic traumatic encephalopathy).

Award season was officially launched this week at the star-studded 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards. Megastar, Will Smith, was honored for his role in “Concussion,” while late-night talk show host James Corden, was the master of ceremonies.

“I was a football parent for four years, my oldest son played at a football powerhouse,” shares Smith about his dramatic role. “Dr. Omalu is a magnificent, honorable, and beautifully naive man. He talked me through the science and his experience…after our meeting I couldn’t say no. It’s a powerful story. Dr. Omalu is a man, whose greatest dream was to be an American. He said, ‘I viewed America as, where God sent his favorite people.'”

Will Smith at the 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Photo credit: Getty Images

Will Smith at the 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Photo credit: Getty Images

Smith accepted the Hollywood Actor Award for “Concussion” from Jamie Foxx, and spoke passionately about wanting to honor the truth of the film while also being a football dad.

Robert De Niro received a standing ovation after a reel honoring his work was played…he noted, this event typically marks the start of awards season, for him this award season started forty years ago.

Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez accepted the Hollywood Blockbuster Award for “Furious 7” along with Vin Diesel, who gave an emotional speech about the cast, as well as the impact of losing a member of that family too soon. Amy Schumer drew big laughs while accepting the Hollywood Comedy Award from an excited Selena Gomez.

Vin Diesel took the stage again to introduce a powerful performance of “See You Again” by Hollywood Song Award winners Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth. Amy Poehler borrowed reading glasses from Pete Doctor’s wife to present him with the Hollywood Animation Award.

Ryan Gosling set the record straight on how to pronounce Saoirse Ronan’s name, while singing her praises. Jane Fonda received a standing ovation after stepping onstage to accept the Supporting Actress Award for her work in “Youth.”

Wiz Khalifa performing at the19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Photo credit: Getty Images

Wiz Khalifa performing at the19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Photo credit: Getty Images

Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez at the19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Photo credit: Getty Images

Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez at the19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Photo credit: Getty Images

The award show honored the following:
Hollywood Actor Award – Will Smith for “Concussion,” presented by Jamie Foxx
Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award – “Straight Outta Compton” cast including Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. & Jason Mitchell, presented by Ice Cube
Hollywood Blockbuster Award – “Furious 7” (award accepted by Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez), presented by Kurt Russell
Hollywood Song Award – “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth from the Furious 7 soundtrack, presented by Vin Diesel
Hollywood Career Achievement Award – Robert De Niro, presented by David O. Russell
Hollywood Ensemble Award – “The Hateful Eight” cast including Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Channing Tatum, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, presented by Jamie Foxx
Hollywood Comedy Award – Amy Schumer for “Trainwreck,” presented by Selena Gomez
Hollywood Supporting Actor Award – Benicio Del Toro for “Sicario,” presented by Reese Witherspoon
Hollywood Supporting Actress Award – Jane Fonda for “Youth,” presented by Laura Dern

For a full list of honorees click here .

The Hollywood Film Awards, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. Over 100 honorees have gone on to garner Oscar® nominations and wins.