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Jake Gyllenhaal praises Jeff Bauman at Hollywood Film Awards

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Amy Adams presents Jake Gyllenhaal with the Hollywood actor award for "Stronger" at the Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Nov. 5.

By Globe Staff 

Jake Gyllenhaal, winner of this year’s Hollywood Film Award for actor in “Stronger,” kept his acceptance speech focused Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman on Sunday. According to Deadline, Gyllenhaal said, of Bauman, whom he plays in the drama, “We always seem to have a compulsive need for a hero. Jeff Bauman never wanted to be a hero. When he woke up and found he has lost both legs he had to become the embodiment of Boston Strong. Jeff knows I am full of [expletive] and somehow he trusted me with his story and I stand here with every bit of myself to show up for him. If we can find in ourselves the strength that Jeff found we just might not need heroes.” The Hollywood Film Awards are considered the kickoff to the awards season that leads to the Oscars.