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Movie awards season kicks off with Hollywood Film Awards

Will Smith received the Hollywood actor award for 'Concussion' in which he portrays a pathologist.

Will Smith accepts the Hollywood Actor Award for ‘Concussion’” onstage during the 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on 1 November 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. Picture: Getty Images/AFP.

BEVERLY HILLS - The movie awards season kicked off on Sunday with the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards, honouring performances from released as well as upcoming films.

Will Smith received the Hollywood actor award for Concussion, in which he portrays a pathologist who diagnosed a degenerative brain disease suffered by US football players.

British actress Carey Mulligan received the Hollywood actress award for her role in Suffragette while Swedish actress Alicia Vikander received the Hollywood breakout actress award for The Danish Girl.

Jane Fonda won the supporting actress award for her work in Youth. She said it was "pretty surprising" to still be working at 77, but added that things were slowly changing for older actors.

"Not fast enough, but we keep pushing and we'll continue to, so that more older people, more older women in particular and more women in general have jobs in front of and behind the camera," she said.

Benicio Del Toro received Hollywood supporting actor award for Sicario.

Also receiving awards were actor Robert De Niro, who was honoured for career achievement and producer Ridley Scott, who received the Hollywood producer award for The Martian.

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