Anne Hathaway, Daniel Radcliffe, George Lucas hit Scream Awards
It's that magical time of year in Hollywood when the weather turns, pumpkins are carved and super-famous people congregate in celebration of things that make us scream — and because it's Hollywood, it's safest to throw in few awards along the way. Say, some Scream Awards.
Spike TV hosted its 2011 Scream Awards bash Saturday at Universal Studios Hollywood's Falls Lake, where the likes of Anne Hathaway, Daniel Radcliffe and Nicolas Cage came to honor the fans of their various franchises.
A shrieking blond in the jaws of a giant claw crane opened the show, giving way to the Hero Award — presented this year to Robert Downey Jr. His legion of fans waved signs featuring the actor in the style of Shepherd Fairey's famous "Change" poster.
Backstage, Bradley Cooper lounged in the green room before accepting a prize for "Limitless," which was named best thriller. Amber Heard, star of the now-defunct "Playboy Club," teetered around in stilettos on the arm of a male companion, and Joseph Gordon Levitt chatted up his "Dark Knight Rises" costar Hathaway.
Hathaway and Levitt joined Gary Oldman in scooping up the trophy for most anticipated film for "Rises," which arrives next year directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale.
Speaking of bail — bad boy Cage came in recognition of his Maverick Award, through a firestorm of lights and pyro.
Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens turned some heads, even thrilling fans including Kal Penn and John Cho, while the Ministry witnessed what was possibly the best-ever run-in at the bar: George Lucas and a Darth Vader performer waiting together for some cocktails.
To mark the end of the "Harry Potter" franchise and thank the fans one more time, Radcliffe appeared via live feed from New York's Lincoln Center, where Samuel L. Jackson introduced the boy wizard for a tribute.
The Scream Awards air at 9 p.m. Tuesday on Spike.
— Matt Donnelly
Photo: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway and Gary Oldman accept the Most Anticipated trophy for "The Dark Knight Rises" at the 2011 Scream Awards. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images