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Johnny Depp makes unsteady, sweary speech at bizarre Hollywood awards show

Someone get Johnny a glass of water.

JOHNNY DEPP WASN’T long dropping in his first swear word at the Hollywood Film Awards last night.

The actor was introducing the award for best documentary when he lurched onto the stage, immediately taking exception with the microphone and joking that he’s “not very good at this sort of thing”.

He managed to get through the reading bit…. just about, before being cut off by a film clip.

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The ceremony – dubbed (by itself) “the official launch of the awards season” was televised  last night for the first time (with a delay to allow for the swearing).

Associated Press describes the evening as a “dressy, drawn-out advertisement for Oscar hopefuls” and notes that “more than half of the night’s recipients were recognised for films that haven’t been released yet”.

And Johnny Depp wasn’t the only one taking the p*ss.

Chris Rock’s tongue was firmly in his cheek when he took to the stage to accept a trophy for his new film Top Five, set for release next month:

 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.

Ben Affleck meanwhile, who picked up an award for Gone Girl (after arriving dead late) said he hoped it didn’t appear presumptuous that he prepared a speech.

When they told me there were no other nominees, I felt cautiously optimistic.

Ben Affleck Jordan Strauss / Invision/AP Jordan Strauss / Invision/AP / Invision/AP

The awards were founded by entrepreneur Carlos de Abreu in 1997.  There are no nominees, only winners chosen by de Abreu and a dozen others.

Jennifer Lawrence made a balls of name of the film when she was presenting the animation award to How to Train Your Dragon 2 (she thought it was ‘How to Drain Your Dragon’).

Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, who were recognised as an ensemble for their work in Foxcatcher, used their acceptance speech time to repeatedly hug one another and presenter Jonah Hill.

Having less craic were the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Angelina Jolie, who seemed touched by the recognition, with Cumberbatch calling it a “huge honour”.

He was probably still recovering from this horribly awkward red carpet interview:

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Actor Chris Pratt arrived late too, holding court at a Guardians of the Galaxy table in the centre of the room. He was described as “letting out an enthusiastic yelp when of the servers popped another bottle of champagne for his group”.

We know what table we’d want to be sitting at.

- Additional reporting by Associated Press

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