Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey Usher In Season's First Award Speeches

Hollywood A-listers celebrated ... each other! ... at 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday night. Each year the ceremonies have twinkled as the unofficial kickoff to a long-anticipated awards season. The bash featured an array of stars that included honorees Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Jared Leto, Harrison Ford, and Matthew McConaughey.

Upon her acceptance of the "Hollywood Actress Award" for her performance in "Gravity," Bullock provided an eloquent defense of the industry she loves, declaring that Hollywood is a town that is sorely misunderstood: "The Hollywood I know is thousands upon thousands of people who work tireless hours to achieve one goal, which is storytelling," she said.

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Audience members were surprised by an appearance from rapper Kanye West who missed out on fiancee Kim Kardashian's 33rd birthday festivities to present the "Hollywood Breakout Director Award" to "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen. "I've always admired Steve's work," West said. (Not to worry, West made up for it later that evening by proposing to his lady!)

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Both Matthew McConaughey ("Hollywood Actor Award") and Julia Roberts ("Hollywood Supporting Actress Award") took time to commemorate their respective life partners.

Of husband Danny Moder, Roberts gushed: "More than anything, the singular man who got me out of the house and on a plane to Oklahoma to do this [movie] – and it made me believe in myself in a whole brand new way – is my husband, who is here tonight … Danny Moder. I love you, babe."

McC also had his wife to thank for playing a key role in his success: "My wife Camilla, thanks for your love... Not only does she let me be obsessed [with my career], she demands that I be obsessed," the "Dallas Buyers Club" star said.

[Slideshow: Sandra Bullock, Red Carpet Winner at Hollywood Film Awards]

View all 2013 Hollywood Film Award honorees:   
“Hollywood Career Achievement Award”
Harrison Ford
“Hollywood Legend Award”
Jerry Weintraub
“Hollywood Actor Award”
Matthew McConaughey
"Hollywood Actress Award"
Sandra Bullock
"Hollywood Supporting Actor Award"
Jake Gyllenhaal
"Hollywood Supporting Actress Award"
Julia Roberts
“Hollywood Breakout Performance Award”
Jared Leto
“New Hollywood Award”
Lupita Nyong’o
“Hollywood Spotlight Award Presented By Dodge”
Michael B. Jordan, Sophie Nelisse, David Oyelowo

“Hollywood Breakout Director Award”
Steve McQueen
“Hollywood Director Award”
Lee Daniels
“Hollywood Producers Award”
Michael DeLuca
“Hollywood Screenwriter Award”

Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater
“Hollywood Visual Effects Award”
John Knoll, “Pacific Rim”
“Hollywood Animation Award”

Dan Scanlon, “Monsters University”
“Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award”

Cast of “August: Osage County” including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, and Misty Upham
“Hollywood Song Award”
Coldplay - “Atlas” from the film “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
“Hollywood Costume and Production Design Award”
Michael Wilkinson, Judy Becker
“Hollywood Movie Award”

Star Trek: Into Darkness