Black presented the screenwriter award to Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater, the trio behind "Before Midnight." On-stage Delpy and Hawke quibbled as Delpy bumped Hawke away from the microphone with her hips. Said Linklater, "This is why we don't improvise in the movie."
When presenting Michael De Luca with his producer award, "Captain Phillips" newcomer Barkhad Abdi thanked him for "changing my life." Abdi played one of the Somali pirates who hijacked an American cargo ship off the Horn of Africa in 2009.
Kicking off his actor award acceptance speech with the first lines he'd uttered onscreen in 1993's "Dazed and Confused," Matthew McConaughey greeted the crowd with an aptly southern "All right, all right, all right." Star of the upcoming "Dallas Buyers Club," he said he's enjoyed playing the anti-hero and gave a special thanks to wife Camila Alves, who "makes sure I never have to look in the rearview mirror when I go to work."
Sean Penn presented Roberts with the supporting actress award for her work in "August: Osage County." ''It was my dream cast," said Roberts. "It was something I almost didn't do. I was scared because I am that paradox of person who wants to be Lucille Ball, but who wants to be invisible."
Robert Downy Jr. had one of the best opening lines of any presenter: "Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly, Faye Dunaway, Charlize Theron, Jared Leto: All arguably the most beautiful actresses," he said before handing Leto his breakout performance award for his role as a transgender person in "Dallas Buyers Club."
Presented by Angela Bassett, the "New Hollywood Award" went to Lupita Nyong'o, who was the only recipient to tear up during her speech.
When receiving her actress award from Octavia Spencer, Bullock said, "The Hollywood I know has allowed me to keep trying and not send me out to pasture."
Said Lee Daniels when accepting his director award for his work on "Lee Daniels' The Butler," ''This is a big time not just for African American cinema, but for cinema."
Chris Martin accepted the song award for Coldplay's track "Atlas," the original song penned for the upcoming "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," which he performed at the gala.
Harrison Ford, who gained the career achievement award, was the only recipient to receive a standing ovation.
Additional awards included: Jake Gyllenhaal received the supporting actor award; "Fruitvale Station" star Michael B. Jordan, "Lee Daniels' The Butler" actor David Oyelowo and Sophie Nelisse, of the upcoming "The Book Thief," received spotlight awards; Bruce Willis presented Jerry Weintraub with the legend award and the ensemble award went to the cast of "Osage County" including Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Margo Martindale, Julianne Nicholson and Chris Cooper.
Forest Whitaker, Viola Davis, Geoffrey Rush, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Sean Hayes were also in attendance.
Nancy O'Dell was the host.
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