(USA Today) Bryan Alexander November 4 2019 LOS ANGELES Shia LaBeouf gave an unusual and profound show of gratitude during his speech at the Hollywood Film Awards Sunday night. LaBeouf gave credit to the Savannah Georgia police officer who booked him for public drunkenness in July 2017 while accepting a screenwriting award for his autobiographical film Honey Boy. I want to thank the police officer who arrested me in Georgia said LaBeouf who carried on speaking over some laughs from audience members who thought he was joking. For changing my life. LaBeouf used time during his court-ordered rehab after the sensational arrest to write the script. Now sober he went on to thank my therapist and my sponsor for saving my life as well as my parents for giving my life. LaBeouf attended the awards with his mother Shayna Saide who tearfully looked on as he accepted the award for the film in which the actor plays his own father looking back at his stormy childhood. Robert Downey Jr. presented the award to LaBeouf praising Honey Boy which will be released Friday. Downey called the screenplay damn near perfect adding that it was easily the best and bravest film I have seen in years.