The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival is hosting its awards gala tonight. Three of the honorees are actors Josh Brolin and James Franco and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, all associated with the upcoming Gus Van Sant Harvey Milk biopic Milk. Variety. "So I am at a point now where I know what it's like to do a movie that's a satisfying shooting process and you work with people I really love and respect -- and I know what it's like not to."
Black focused on the 1978 struggle over Proposition 6, which forbade housing and employment discrimination against gays, because he heard the same anti-gay arguments still being made today. But he had no way to know that another anti-gay rights initiative, Prop. 8, would be on the ballot this years as the film neared release. "It's the same conversation," he says with dismay. "They use the children. It's the same talking points and the same archetypal people to argue the talking points."Other honorees of the Hollywood Awards include Dustin Hoffman (Lifetime Achievement), Kristin Scott Thomas (Lead Actress), Marisa Tomei (Supporting Actress) and Danny Elfman (Composer). For a complete list of honorees, please click here.