Eyes bright, chins up, smiles on! I’m talking to you, Jennifer!
The tremendous trio of The Hunger Games franchise ‘cemented’ their place in cinematic history outside the TCL Chinese Theatre on Saturday, October 31. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth were honored in a ceremony celebrating their work in The Hunger Games series.
Conan O’Brien introduced the actors, remarking on the success of the franchise. The tradition, which O’Brien quoted is reminiscent of “movie magic” is one that many stars have participated in, and is truly an honor. The short ceremony consisted of the actors leaving their hand- and footprints in cement next to their autographs, followed by some short but sweet speeches.
The incomparable Lawrence, who plays Katniss Everdeen, had only a few words. “We’re very grateful,” she said. “I think I can say that on behalf of everyone here.”
Hutcherson charmed the audience, just like his character Peeta Mellark. He had a little more to say, thanking fans of the series for their unwavering support and enthusiasm, even though “it could have been really bad.”
Hemsworth commented on the sentimentality of receiving the honor with his two costars-turned-BFFs. The trio makes no secret of the close friendship they’ve built with each other, and Hemsworth praised his friends. “I’m honored to share it with you both. I love you both so much. You guys are my best friends.” Awwwww!
Isn’t it beautiful?
Gosh, I love these goofballs so much. They are quite possibly my favorite cast—have you seen the interviews these three give? Throw in Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and Sam Claflin, and it is solid gold.
With November 20 fast approaching, this ceremony is probably only the first in a long line of ‘lasts’ for this cast. In interviews following the ceremony, all three actors commented on closing this chapter of their lives. While they are sad to leave their characters behind, they know the message of the books will live forever.
“I feel the impact of being part of such a huge movie that has meant so much to so many people,” Lawrence said. Adding that it will be “bizarre” once the movie comes out, promotion is over, and she won’t have to shoot another movie. Lucky for her, she hangs out with Hutcherson and Hemsworth “all the time,” so they can’t miss each other too much.
What a much-deserved honor for this cast. I know that franchises often are overlooked for the more ‘prestigious’ honors, but this ceremony is a rite of passage for anyone in Hollywood. It is wonderful to see some of my favorite stars recognized for not only their talent, but also the impact they’ve had on fans across the globe.
My only sadness is that this is surely the beginning of the end for Hunger Games fans. A three-finger salute to all of you—it’s going to be a rough three weeks. Stay alive.
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