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HOLLYWOOD, CA, October 19, 2009 -- The Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, are pleased to announce that Christoph Waltz and Father Rick Frechette will be recognized for their outstanding achievements at the festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, as well as the nominees for the "Hollywood World Awards" -- "Bright Star" (UK/Australia), directed by Jane Campion, "I Am Love" (Italy), directed by Luca Guadagnino, "Lourdes" (France/Austria), directed by Jessica Hausner, "A Prophet" (France), directed by Jacques Audiard, and "The White Ribbon" (Germany/Austria), directed by Michael Haneke.

Actor Christoph Waltz will receive the "Hollywood Supporting Actor Award" for his incredible performance in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," and Father Rick Frechette will be honored with the "Hollywood Humanitarian Award."

The gala ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 26, 2009. The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival. "It is an honor to recognize the outstanding talent of Christoph Waltz, as well as the great humanitarian work that Father Rick Frechette has been providing for the last two decades," said Mr. de Abreu.

Regarding the finalists of the "Hollywood World Awards," "Screen International" editor and jury chair Mike Goodridge said: "These five films are not just among the best international films, but the best films made this year. In addition, we are extremely proud to honor these titles with selection for the "Hollywood World Awards."

Actor Christoph Waltz most recently stars to rave reviews as Nazi Colonel Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's World War II drama "Inglourious Basterds," from the Weinstein Company. The film also stars Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Mélanie Laurent, Eli Roth and BJ Novak. Waltz is currently filming in the role of the villain Chudnovsky in Michael Gondry's "The Green Hornet," which is due for release from Columbia Pictures next year and which also stars Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz.

Austrian actor Christoph Waltz's career of nearly thirty years includes an impressive roster of award-winning television, film and stage credits. His film credits include "Lapislazuli," "Berlin Blues," "Gun-Shy," "Angst," "She," "Dorian," "The Beast," "Falling Rocks," "Ordinary Decent Criminal," "Our God's Brother" and "Goldeneye."

Waltz is also known for his countless guest star and telefilm roles. The telefilms "Der Tanz Mit Dem Teufel -- "Die Entfuhrung" and "Dienstreise -- Was Fur Ein Nacht" won prestigious Adolf Grimme Awards for their creative team of director and actors. Waltz's work in "Du Bist Nicht Allein -- Die Roy Black Story" won him a Bavarian TV Award, a German TV Award and an RTL Golden Lion Award.

Father Rick Frechette is currently the Director of Medical Services of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos International and a priest who has devoted his life to the medical needs of children in the Caribbean and around the world. He is NPH's Regional Director of the Caribbean, the Haiti home's National Director and a member of the NPH International Health Services Team, which oversees the medical needs of the children in nine countries.

To make a difference, Frechette went to medical school to learn how to minister to the children's physical needs, which resulted in his medical degree in 1998 from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and his becoming a general practitioner licensed in New York and Florida. "The poor people have scant access to medical care. Even if they are lucky enough to get evaluated at a clinic, both scarcity of medicines and their relatively high prices prevent their getting treatment. Our own working conditions, especially in the poorest areas of Port-au-Prince, are tragic and are deplorable. We have little water, no electricity, few medicines and supplies," says the doctor-priest.

Frechette's duties include overseeing St. Damien's, NPH's 250-bed hospital, which provides long-term care to critically ill children and outpatient services to over 30,000 children and adults each year; assuring the healthcare for more than 450 children at St. Hélène, the NPH orphanage; and spending five mornings a week working alongside the Sisters of Mother Teresa in their centers for the destitute sick and dying.

The nominees for the "Hollywood World Award" are: "Bright Star" (UK/Australia), directed by Jane Campion, "I Am Love" (Italy), directed by Luca Guadagnino, "Lourdes" (France/Austria), directed by Jessica Hausner, "A Prophet" (France), directed by Jacques Audiard, and "The White Ribbon" (Germany/Austria), directed by Michael Haneke.

The panel of international judges, chaired by "Screen International" editor Michael Goodridge, consists of critics and festival directors who select the short list of films, as well as the winner. This year's judges include: Dan Fainaru (Israel), film critic; Howard Feinstein (U.S.), film critic, "Screen International" and programmer, Sarajevo Film Festival; Sandra Hebron (UK), artistic director, The Times BFI London Film Festival; Allan Hunter (UK), film critic, "The Daily Express," "Screen International"; Derek Malcolm (UK), film critic, "The Evening Standard"; Lee Marshall (Italy), film critic; Despina Mouzaki (Greece), director, Thessaloniki International Film Festival; Jacob Neiiendam (Denmark), director, CPH:PIX - Copenhagen Film Festivals; Jonathan Romney (UK), film critic; and Clare Stewart (Australia), director, Sydney Film Festival

The award is a key predictor of foreign films that are set to receive kudos in the year's awards season. Prior winners of the "Hollywood World Awards" include "The Motorcycle Diaries," "The Sea Inside," "Mrs. Henderson Presents," "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" and "The Class," among others. Qualifying films must have had their world premieres between Oct. 1, 2008, and Oct. 1, 2009, encompassing this year's crop from all the major film festivals.

The festival and awards presenter is Starz Entertainment, LLC, a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz(r) and Encore(r) brands with approximately 17.5 million and 31.5 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Encore HD, Starz On Demand, Encore On Demand, MoviePlex On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore HD On Demand, MoviePlex HD On Demand, and Starz Play. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty Entertainment Group, a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.

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