THE Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards is the kickoff for the awards season, the first gala where nomination-seekers press the flesh. But it's all very discreet because the awards aren't on live TV. Also, winners know they're getting an award. What a relief! Everyone chilled at the Beverly Hilton knowing no faux pas, Freudian slip or sour puss would be seen around the globe. A frisky mood prevailed: Lindsay Lohan, accepting the "breakthrough actress of the year" award, confronted her tardy-girl rep: "I'd like to thank everyone on 'Georgia Rule' and at Morgan Creek, because apparently, I was late every day." Ben Affleck bragged about going to home to "make love to the baby-sitter." Relax. Wife Jennifer Garner was on baby duty. -- ELIZABETH SNEAD
1. Lindsay Lohan receives her award Monday night. 2. Clint Eastwood accepted a film preservation award for the Film Foundation. 3. Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock, supporting actor and supporting actress of the year, have a laugh backstage. From the stage, Bullock thanked her husband for "the good loving you give me every day -- and especially last night!" ("A little too much booze in the green room, Sandra?" joked emcee Mark Steines.) 4. Robin Williams, center, with actor of the year Forrest Whitaker and presenter Bonnie Hunt, noted that "it's an honor to get a career achievement award and not be incontinent. And it's wonderful to get out of rehab and go to a place with an open bar, thank you!"