Alan Cumming, the witty star of Broadway (Cabaret) and TV (The Good Wife) got a few digs in at Alec Baldwin last night. Cumming hosted the Hamptons Film Festival Awards show, and couldn’t resist jabbing at Baldwin’s extremely refreshed appearance.
“He’s like the white male Star Jones,” Cumming said of Baldwin, who was waiting to go on stage. “He’s younger and thinner every time I see him. It must be the Hamptons.”
Baldwin responded by attempting to do an imitation of Star Jones that sounded more like a pancake syrup icon than a former assistant District Attorney. “What would Star Jones say about this?” Baldwin quipped a little nervously, He then went on to thank all the sponsors of HIFF, seriously. Alec has a been huge supporter of the festival financially and energetically.
David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” won the Audience Award, just as it won in Toronto. “SLP” is quickly becoming a leader in the Oscar race. Wait til everyone sees it.
For the rest of the Hamptons winners, you can head over to their website. This was easily the best HIFF in 20 years. And what a crowd, starting with Professor John Forbes Nash of Princeton, the famed subject of “A Beautiful Mind,” plus Sting, Trudie Styler, Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe Danner, Raul Esparza, Sienna Miller, Tony Jones, the whole gang from “Argo” including rapidly rising star Scoot McNairy, Melissa Leo, Richard Kind, Meryl Streep, Mike Nichols, and so on. Plus it was the first year of participation with Variety and with the motion picture academy.