Awards Season Kicks Off With 13th Annual Hollywood Awards

Oh it’s that time of the year again, when we recognize all the films of the year–and even more importantly, the outfits being worn by the celebrities who starred in them. A handful of notable newcomers are mixing and mingling with award show veterans. Young Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe giggled as she gushed over her award, telling the San Jose Mercury News, “I think I was extremely naive when I showed up here tonight. This is a big thing.”

The actress stars opposite Mo’Nique and Mariah Carey in the film, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Saffire, and better start perfecting her red carpet strut because she’s going to be a busy woman this awards season.

Carey Mulligan (Shia LaBeouf’s rumored flame at the moment) also seemed overwhelmed at the event, having snagged the Hollywood Breakthrough Actress Award for her performance in An Education. She explained, “I’m in a little bit of a daze,” Mulligan continued. “This is exciting. The photo bit is a little scary. The lights flash a lot and they made my eyes water, which is terrifying. But it’s amazing.”

Hilary Swank, who stars in Amelia and will most likely be walking the red carpet for the Academy Awards as a result, was all smiles in her black cut-out dress as she accepted her actress of the year.

Let the awards begin!

Gallery Info: Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Diablo Cody, Bradley Cooper, Ed Asner, Sandra Bullock, Michelle Monaghan, Diane Kruger, Maria Bello, Zooey Deschanel, Gabourey Sidibe, Carey Mulligan, Zachary Quinto, Julianne Moore, AnnaLynne McCord, Len Wiseman, Shannen Doherty, Marisa Tomei, Ewan McGreogor, Robert De Niro and Taraji P. Henson at the 13th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony red carpet and press room.