| December 6, 2011 | People
Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith
Jon Hamm and Janie Bryant
Sylvain Dolla with Harrison Ford
Christoph Waltz and Yasmina Reza
Robert Pattinson with Chris Weitz
Pedro and AgustÃn AlmodÃ³var
Viola Davis with Mark Ricker
Katherine Nicholls, Sylvain Dolla, Harrison Ford, Alison Miller, Isaiah Mustafa, and Sari Anne Tuschman
Continuing its tradition of celebrating the behind-the-scenes talent responsible for the best in film and TV, Hamilton watch brand and Los Angeles Confidential hosted the 5th annual Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards at the Conga Room Downtown LA, drawing such Hollywood heavyweights as Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz, Antonio Banderas (accompanied by his beautiful wife, Melanie Griffith), and Ã¼berdirector Michael Bay to present awards. Banderas attended the evening’s celebration to help honor fellow Spaniard, producer Agustín Almodóvar. “He is a dear friend,” said Banderas. “And I love that he got recognition in the city of movies.”
Before Hamilton CEO Sylvain Dolla kicked off the presentation, esteemed actors Jon Hamm and The Help star Viola Davis mingled, chatting with honorees Janie Bryant and Mark Ricker. Meanwhile, a dapper Harrison Ford caught up with his Cowboys and Aliens director Jon Favreau. Of honoring Vic Armstrong, Ford’s longtime stunt choreographer, with a lifetime-achievement award, he said, “Vic Armstrong was my stunt double from Indiana Jones and a lot of other films. We’ve been great friends for 30 years, so I’m really glad to be here for him.”
Later, the festivities shifted to the stage, where actor Isaiah Mustafa garnered laughs while hosting the awards presentation that also brought out Robert Pattinson and legendary producer J.J. Abrams to honor those whose exceptional off-screen work stood out this year in television and motion pictures such as Mad Men, Carnage, Super 8, and The Tree of Life. Each award recipient gave touching speeches about their colleagues and love for their work, thanking Hamilton—a longtime supporter of cinema—for recognizing them.
Davis, who presented Ricker with an award for production design on The Help, had plenty of praise for her colleague and his craft. “Watching the scenes from The Help tonight, you realize the collaboration that went into making this extraordinary film,” she said. “When you’re in the midst of it, you’re kind of self-focused. Then you think about what it takes to create the overall story, and it’s truly amazing what great talent and art can do—it can render you silent.”
Accompanied by Absolut vodka cocktails, the evening’s dinner boasted a South American theme, beginning with Latin Panzanella, followed by rock-shrimp ceviche, Ropa Vieja tacos, and garlic arroz con pollo, before a dessert of Brazilian flan. Winners including Mad Men costume designer Bryant, Cowboys & Aliens property master Russell Bobbitt, and A Better Life director Chris Weitz went home with the beautiful Hamilton award—an acrylic sculpture designed by HStudio’s Shlomi Haziza— and a gorgeous Hamilton timepiece, while other VIP guests received gift bags full of styling products by Moroccanoil, a Ralph Lauren fragrance, and Lacoste accessories.
In a ballroom filled with stars from both sides of the camera, Weitz was feeling humble: “To be honest, by the time [I accepted my award], I was feeling a bit small because there were so many extraordinarily talented people who got awards before me. It’s really fantastic that Hamilton does this for the people who really get films made—the people behind the camera.”
photography by Todd Williamson and Vivien Killilea