Hoffman and Eastwood lead Hollywood film awards

Dustin Hoffman, Clint Eastwood and Josh Brolin were among the stars honoured at this year's Hollywood Film Festival Awards Gala in Los Angeles.

Dustin Hoffman, Clint Eastwood and Josh Brolin were among the stars honoured at this year's Hollywood Film Festival Awards Gala in Los Angeles.

The celebrity-studded event in Beverly Hills on Monday night saw Hoffman receive the Hollywood Career Achievement Award. Brolin was named Actor of the Year and Eastwood was handed the Director of the Year prize by his 'Changeling' star Angelina Jolie, who made a surprise appearance at the ceremony to honour the Dirty Harry legend.

Ben Stiller was another winner at the gala, taking home the Comedy of the Year Award, while 'Pineapple Express' star James Franco picked up the Breakthrough Actor Award.

British star Kristin Scott Thomas took home the Actress of the Year Award for her French film 'I've Loved You So Long', and 'Twilight's Robert Pattinson accepted the New Hollywood Award.

Jennifer Hudson, who is currently in mourning following the fatal shooting of her mother, brother and nephew on Friday, was honoured along with Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning and Sophie Okonedo with the Ensemble Acting of the Year Award for 'The Secret Life Of Bees'.

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