By Jon Konjoyan
A star-studded holiday gala dinner was the setting for the Southern California Motion Picture Council’s Golden Halo Awards in Studio City last week. The historic Sportsmen’s Lodge served as the venue for the organization’s 76th annual ceremony.
Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney, film star Bo Hopkins, TV star Alan Young (of the Mister Ed series), and Janet Waldo, aka Judy Jetson from the classic animated series The Jetsons were this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners.
Previous recipients of the Golden Halo include Lucille Ball, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Robert Mitchum, Grace Kelly, John Wayne, Doris Day, Rita Hayworth, and Charlton Heston. Actress Jean Harlow was honored with the first-ever Halo given in 1936 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
Other awards included “Archival Achievement in Motion Pictures and Television” presented to memorabilia collector/curator Barry Barsamian who donned Merv Griffin’s tuxedo jacket, Cary Grant’s bowtie (which Grant wore during his 1969 acceptance speech for a special Academy Award), and Clark Gable’s monogrammed cufflinks in honor of the occasion.
A music award went to singer Suzy Cadam who serenaded the mostly older audience with the 1930 hit “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”
Film star Margaret O’Brien and TV’s Rose Marie (The Dick Van Dyke Show) also appeared.
Rooney seemed to downplay his Hollywood achievements instead speaking about the need to remember America’s veterans. “As a veteran myself, we need to remember and honor our vets,” he said.
Actor Randal Malone, president of the Southern California Motion Picture Council, served as Master Of Ceremonies and some 200 guests enjoyed the lavish buffet dinner.
The mission of the non-profit organization is to “encourage (and reward) production of family-oriented films and television programs,” according to its website.
For more information or to become a member, go to socalmpc.org/mission.html or call Elizabeth at (626) 794-1968.