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The stars were out in force at the weekend for the first awards ceremony of the season.

From Reese Witherspoon to Marion Cotillard, the stars were out in force, decked in their finest on Saturday evening for the 2014 Governors Awards.

The Governors Awards is the first big awards ceremony of a long season of red carpet events, culminating in the Academy Awards in February.

On Saturday, the 6th Annual Governors Awards ceremony took place in the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles.

Attendees included Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

Officially speaking the event is part of the Oscars - it is a breakaway ceremony launched in an attempt to shorten the lengthy Oscar ceremony.

So whilst the dress code is formal, it's not quite the black tie extravaganza seen at bigger awards ceremonies.

That didn't stop some attendees pulling out all the stops including Marion Cotillard and Tilda Swinton who both opted to wear couture dresses.


The event has become an important stop for award-campaigners in the run-up to the big awards ceremonies later in the year.

The Academy's Honorary award for lifetime achievement went to screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and actress Maureen O'Hara. The Humanitarian award went to singer Harry Belafonte.

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