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Depp's sweary intro cut at awards

Johnny Depp has made a sweary introduction speech while presenting a trophy at the Hollywood Film Awards.

The Lone Ranger star was handing over the prize for best documentary for Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon, when he arrived on stage slurring and said f*** twice before he was cut off by a montage of clips from the winning film.

He also said: "That's the weirdest microphone I've ever seen. I'm not really good at this kind of thing. I mean, it's one of those nights."

This was the first year since the awards began in 1997 that they had been televised, and many winners were from films that so far have only been shown at festivals or that no one has seen yet.

Benedict Cumberbatch won best actor for his portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, Eddie Redmayne was honoured for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, Angelina Jolie presented an award to her Unbroken co-star Jack O'Connell, and Reese Witherspoon handed a trophy to her Wild director Jean-Marc Vallee.

Jennifer Lopez also bungled her introductory speech as she announced Gerard Butler as a winner for How To Train Your Dragon 2, repeatedly calling the film How To Drain Your Dragon.

The awards were founded by entrepreneur Carlos de Abreu and his wife Janice Pennington and have no nominees, just winners chosen by Carlos and a panel of around 12 others.

Ben Affleck, collecting a film award for Gone Girl, joked he hoped people wouldn't think him presumptuous for preparing a speech, saying: "When they told me there were no other nominees, I felt cautiously optimistic."

Chris Rock, picking up a comedy award for Top Five, joked: "All my life I've dreamt of getting one of these, like everybody else in this room, and I can't believe this day has come."

Other winners at the ceremony hosted by Queen Latifah included Keira Knightley, Shailene Woodley, Michael Keaton, and the cast of Foxcatcher with Steve Carell and Channing Tatum accepting their prize.

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