dick clark productions announced today that Academy Award-nominated actress Carey Mulligan will be honored with the “Hollywood Actress Award” for Suffragette; Actor Joel Edgerton will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Actor Award” for Black Mass; director Adam McKay will receive the “Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award” for The Big Short; screenwriters Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer will be honored with the “Hollywood Screenwriter Award” for Spotlight and the animated film Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter will receive the “Hollywood Animation Award.”
The “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards” will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. More than one hundred honorees have gone on to garner Oscar nominations and wins.
Mulligan will receive the “Hollywood Actress Award” for her role as Maud Watts in the Focus Features film, Suffragette. As Watts, Mulligan leads the early feminist movement in the United States, also starring Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter.
Joel Edgerton will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Actor Award” for his performance in Black Mass, directed by Scott Cooper and featuring an ensemble cast, also including Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Julianne Nicholson, Kevin Bacon, Corey Stall and Peter Sarsgaard. Exposing the biggest scandal in FBI history, Black Mass tells of the unholy alliance between ruthless mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Depp) and childhood friend-turned-FBI agent, John Connolly (Edgerton).
“Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award” recipient Adam McKay, has directed comedies like Step Brothers, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, but has also been receiving critical acclaim for his new film, The Big Short, starring Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and more. The film centers around four people in the world of high-finance who predicted the bubble collapse of the mid-2000s.
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer will be honored with the “Hollywood Screenwriter Award” for their script, Spotlight. Based on the true story, the film tells the tale of how the Boston Globe uncovered the scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the Catholic Archdiocese. The film stars Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton.
Finally, the “Hollywood Animation Award” will be accepted by Inside Out director Pete Docter. The Pixar family film received rave reviews by children and adults and stars Amy Poehler, Bill Hared, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling.
Previously announced honorees for this year’s show include:
Additional honorees are set to be announced at a later date.
ABOUT CAREY MULLIGAN
Academy Award nominated actress Carey Mulligan is one of Hollywood’s most versatile actresses. She is widely known for her role in An Education which garnered her multiple award nominations. In 2014, she made her West End stage debut starring alongside Bill Nighy and Matthew Beard in a revival of David Hare’s Olivier Award-winning play Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry. This year, the same team reconvened to stage the production on Broadway, for which Mulligan received Drama League, Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations. This October, Mulligan will star in Suffragette, directed by Sarah Gavron. The film chronicles the true story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement in England – women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. Mulligan plays the lead role of Maud opposite Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff and Meryl Streep. Focus Features will release Suffragette on October 23rd, 2015.
ABOUT JOEL EDGERTON
Joel Edgerton was born in Blacktown, New South Wales. Edgerton attended the Nepean Drama School in western Sydney before beginning his stage and screen career. Edgerton has appeared in films such as King Arthur, Animal Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby, Ned Kelly, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Felony, which he wrote and starred in, Warrior with Tom Hardy, and his most recent role in Black Mass, for which he has received critical praise. Edgerton has been involved with The Sydney Theatre Company throughout his career, where he starred alongside Cate Blanchett in the acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire. August 2015 marked Edgerton’s feature directorial debut with The Gift, starring Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall. Edgerton wrote the script and produced the film, as well as co-starred alongside Bateman and Hall. Early next year, Edgerton will appear in Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special and Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got a Gun. Edgerton is currently in production on Loving, re-teaming with director Nichols.
ABOUT ADAM McKAY
Writer/Director Adam McKay has been behind several influential and successful films in his career and has made a lasting mark on the comedy world as a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe and as Head Writer on the venerable comedy institution Saturday Night Live, where he met long-time producing and writing partner Will Ferrell. McKay and Ferrell have collaborated on several films, including Columbia Pictures’ Step Brothers, and Sony’s Talladega Nights and The Other Guys. McKay’s partnership with Ferrell continued with McKay returning to co-write and direct Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the sequel to their cult classic Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. McKay recently produced Welcome to Me, starring Kristen Wiig, and wrote Marvel’s summer hit Ant Man. McKay’s success extends beyond film. He is a frequent contributor on Huffington Post, has written for TV projects such as Michael Moore’s The Awful Truth, directed and produced on HBO’s Eastbound and Down, and produced the Emmy-nominated Drunk History. On Broadway, McKay directed the Tony-nominated You’re Welcome America. Along with Ferrell and Chris Henchy, McKay started the comedy website Funny or Die, which now gets over 35 million hits each year. Most recently, McKay has turned his focus to a more serious topic, directing the highly anticipated Paramount Pictures film The Big Short, which takes a look inside the financial crisis of 2007-2010, based on the New York Times best-selling book by Michael Lewis. Opening this December, The Big Short stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt.
ABOUT TOM McCARTHY
SPOTLIGHT director and co-writer Tom McCarthy was known primarily as a busy working actor until he burst onto the filmmaking scene with his critically acclaimed first feature The Station Agent, released in 2003 by Miramax Films. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the Audience Award and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. The film was also awarded the BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay and won two Independent Spirit Awards, including the John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for $500,000 or less). The National Board of Review named it third on their list of the 10 Best Films of the Year. The Station Agent was nominated for three SAG Awards including Best Ensemble and was also nominated by the WGA for Best Original Screenplay. The film won awards at many film festivals including San Sebastian, Stockholm, Mexico City and Aspen. McCarthy followed this with the equally acclaimed The Visitor (2007), winning the award for Best Screenplay from the San Diego Film Critics Society, the Satellite Award for Best Screenplay and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Direction. He was nominated for a Writers Guild Award and received the Grand Special Prize at the Deauville Film Festival. Richard Jenkins received an Oscar® nomination for Best Actor and the film itself was nominated for numerous honors including an Image Award, a Gotham Award and a David di Donatello Award. In 2009 McCarthy shared story credit with Pete Docter and Bob Peterson on the hit animated feature Up, for which he received an Oscar® nomination. In 2011 McCarthy wrote and directed Win Win, starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan, which was released by Fox Searchlight to great critical acclaim. Last year he wrote and directed The Cobbler, starring Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was released by RLJ/Image Entertainment. In addition to his writing and directing, McCarthy continues his career as an actor. He made his screen debut in the 1992 film Crossing the Bridge and went on to appear in such films as Flags of Our Fathers, Syriana, Good Night, and Good Luck, Year of the Dog, Meet the Parents, All the King’s Men, Duplicity, 2012 and The Lovely Bones. He was featured in the final season of HBO’s critically acclaimed series “The Wire” and had a series regular role on “Boston Public.”
ABOUT JOSH SINGER
SPOTLIGHT co-writer and executive producer Josh Singer is an acclaimed film and television writer who tells thought-provoking stories that bring interesting, challenging and inspiring real-life characters to the screen. He made his feature-film writing debut with the WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate, directed by Bill Condon and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl. He is currently working on two projects: a Neil Armstrong film with Damien Chazelle attached to direct (for Universal) and a musical biopic on Leonard Bernstein with Martin Scorsese attached to direct (for Paramount). Prior to writing films, Singer worked on a number of critically acclaimed television shows including Fox’s cult sci-fi series “Fringe,” NBC’s long-running hit “Law & Order: SVU” and NBC’s Emmy-winning drama “The West Wing,” which earned Singer two WGA Award nominations. Singer graduated from Yale University, where he studied mathematics and economics. He earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Born in Philadelphia, Singer currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Laura Dave.
ABOUT INSIDE OUT
Disney*Pixar’s original new film Inside Out ventures inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind. Based in Headquarters, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned-both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else. When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind-taking some of her core memories with them-Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places-Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions-in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley. Inside Out is directed by Pete Docter and produced by Jonas Rivera.
ABOUT DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Country Countdown Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance” from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group and dcp; “World’s Funniest” from Jukin Media and dcp; as well as “BOOM!” from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group and DC Media, the parent company of dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.
ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS®
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