Kate Winslet ‘breathless’ after awards show kiss

Kate Winslet

A kiss between Kate Winslet and Allison Janney stole the limelight at the Hollywood Film Awards, the first major ceremony of the annual awards season.

Winslet, 42, picked up the Hollywood actress award for her role in Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel at the event and referred to Janney in her acceptance speech.

“Allison Janney is in this room, I know I don’t really know you, but I just want to be you, I do,” Winslet said to Janney, who was seated in the audience.

“Or just stroke you or something … I mean, we could always kiss, maybe?”

Janney hopped out of her seat and ran to the stage as a delighted Winslet said: “Oh, it’s going to happen!”

The West Wing star Janney, 57, then kissed Winslet on the lips and gave her a hug as the audience cheered.

“Thank you very much,” Winslet said. “Now I’m a little bit breathless.”

Janney also picked up an award at the event – the Hollywood supporting actress award for her role in I, Tonya.

The Hollywood Film Awards, hosted by James Corden at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, saw Gary Oldman honoured with the major prize of the night, the Hollywood career achievement award.

Other winners included Jake Gyllenhaal, Angelina Jolie, Sam Rockwell, Adam Sandler and Mary J Blige.

Dustin Hoffman appeared at the ceremony to present his The Meyerowitz Stories co-star Sandler with the Hollywood comedy award, just days after apologising for inappropriate sexual behaviour.

Hoffman, 80, had been accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour during the filming of his 1985 film Death Of A Salesman by author Anna Graham Hunter, who was 17 when she interned as a production assistant on the film.

Hoffman said in a statement to US trade magazine The Hollywood Reporter: “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation.

“I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”

The glamorous event, which saw the likes of Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Harrison Ford and Carey Mulligan also in attendance, is considered a forecaster to the Oscars, which take place early next year.