Prolific actor, Gary Oldman, will receive the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award” at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards.” Gary Oldman’s career has spanned over three decades and includes an Oscar nomination, Emmy nomination, SAG nomination, two BAFTA Awards, and countless memorable roles including Sid Vicious (Sid & Nancy), Dracula (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Sirius Black (Harry Potter franchise), Commissioner Gordon (The Dark Knight series), George Smiley (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), and most recently playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds.
An acclaimed presence in motion pictures for 30 years, Gary Oldman is regarded as one of the foremost actors of his generation. He is known to millions the world over for his iconic characterizations of Sirius Black (Harry Potter’s godfather), Commissioner Jim Gordon (Batman/Bruce Wayne’s crime-fighting partner), Dracula, Beethoven, Lee Harvey Oswald, Joe Orton, Sid Vicious, and George Smiley. The latter portrayal, in John LeCarre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, brought him accolades worldwide including BAFTA Award, British Independent Film Award, European Film Award, and Academy Award nominations for Best Actor. In 2011, he was honored with the Empire Awards’ Icon Award for Achievement and with a Career Tribute at the Gotham Independent Film Awards. At the 2014 London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, he was honored with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film. The UK native has starred in 13 movies that have opened in the #1 position at the box office. As part of the two most successful franchises in movie history, was in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, and David Yates, respectively; and Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises. Mr. Oldman’s acting career began in 1979, and for several years he worked exclusively in the theatre; from 1985 through 1989, he alternated film work with stage work at London’s Royal Court Theatre. Among his early telefilms were Mike Leigh’s Meantime and the late Alan Clarke’s The Firm. His features include Alex Cox’s Sid and Nancy; Stephen Frears’ Prick Up Your Ears; Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; Phil Joanou’s State of Grace; Oliver Stone’s JFK; Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula; Tony Scott’s True Romance; Bernard Rose’s Immortal Beloved; Luc Besson’s The Professional (a.k.a. Leon) and The Fifth Element; Wolfgang Petersen’s Air Force One; Ridley Scott’s Hannibal; Albert and Allen Hughes’ The Book of Eli; Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44; and Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. With Douglas Urbanski, Mr. Oldman produced the feature Nil by Mouth. The film marked his screenwriting and directing debut, and was selected to world premiere as the opening main competition film of the 1997 [50th Anniversary of the] Cannes International Film Festival, at which the film’s leading lady Kathy Burke won the Best Actress award. Subsequent honors for Nil by Mouth included the prestigious Channel Four Director’s Prize, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival; six British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nominations, and three wins including for Ms. Burke and her fellow actors Ray Winstone and Laila Morse; the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay as well as BAFTA’s Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year, the latter shared by Mr. Oldman and Mr. Urbanski. The team’s subsequent productions have included Rod Lurie’s The Contender, starring Joan Allen and Jeff Bridges. The film received two Academy Award, two Golden Globe Award, and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, including one for Best Supporting Actor (Mr. Oldman); and the ensemble and the writer/director were honored with the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Alan J. Pakula Award.
Oscar nominated Jake Gyllenhaal will receive the “Hollywood Actor Award” for his riveting and inspiring performance as Boston marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman in David Gordon Green’s Stronger.
An Academy Award-nominated actor, JAKE GYLLENHAAL has established himself as one of the finest actors working in film and on stage. Working with some of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers in both independent and studio films, Gyllenhaal starred in Ang Lee’s classic “Brokeback Mountain,” for which he received an Oscar® nomination and won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor; Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja;” David Ayer’s “End of Watch;” Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama “Southpaw;” Dennis Villeneuve’s highly acclaimed films “Prisoners” and “Enemy;” Richard Kelly’s cult hit “Donnie Darko;” David Fincher’s “Zodiac;” Sam Mendes’ “Jarhead;” Nicole Holofcener’s “Lovely and Amazing;” Ed Zwick’s “Love and Other Drugs,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, and Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” for which he earned a BAFTA nomination. Some of his stage work include “Sunday in the Park with George”; “Constellations” (*Drama Desk Award); “Little Shop of Horrors”; “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet”; and “This is Our Youth”(Evening Standard Award).
Previous “Hollywood Film Awards” recipient, Sam Rockwell, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Sam Rockwell has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of his generation with an array of emotionally searing and complex roles defining his body of work. Rockwell is known for his standout leading performances in an array of noteworthy films, including George Clooney’s Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, which he received a Silver Berlin Bear Award for Best Actor at the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival; Ridley Scott’s Matchstick Men opposite Nicolas Cage and Alison Lohman; and Seven Psychopaths opposite Woody Harrelson, Colin Farrell and Christopher Walken, which earned him a 2013 Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Male. This was followed with a 2014 Critics’ Choice nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy from his heartfelt performance in Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s coming of age comedy The Way, Way Back. Not only is Rockwell a star on screen, he has owned the stage in a number of theatrical productions, including his most recent performance in Sam Shepherd’s Broadway play Fool For Love alongside Nina Arianda. His love for theater first began while performing multiple productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival including A Streetcar Named Desire directed by David Cromer, The Dumb Waiterdirected by Joe Mantello, and the revival of Lanford Wilson’s long-running off-Broadway hit Hot L Baltimore.
Oscar winning actress Kate Winslet will receive the “Hollywood Actress Award” for her work in the Woody Allen film, Wonder Wheel, as a beleaguered wife to a middle-aged carousel operator in the 1950’s on Coney Island.
Academy Award winning actress, Kate Winslet has brought to life some of cinema’s most captivating and memorable roles. Her resumé consists of critically and commercially acclaimed work as well as a span of awards and honors that illustrate Kate’s talent and solidify her a permanent place in cinema history. Kate won her first Academy Award, after a stunning past 5 nominations, for her role as Hanna Schmitz in Stephen Daldry’s 2008 “The Reader” directed by Stephen Daldry. Kate also won a Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA, and Critics’ Choice Award, among many others, for the role. Kate also starred that year in “Revolutionary Road,” which reteamed her with “Titanic” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. “Revolutionary Road,” based on the critically acclaimed novel by Richard Yates was directed by Sam Mendes. Kate won a Golden Globe and received many nominations for her portrayal of April Wheeler.
Emmy Award-winning actress, Allison Janney, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award” for her turn as Tonya Harding’s mother in I, Tonya at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards.”
Allison Janney is receiving rave reviews for her turn as LaVona Golden, the sharp-tongued mother of Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya” opening December 8th. Other recent movies for Janney include Tallulah, which reunited her with herJuno co-star Ellen Page, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children marked her first time working with director Tim Burton and The Girl On the Train saw her collaborating again with longtime friend, director Tate Taylor. She also appeared in two of the previous summer’s biggest box office titles: the animated Minions and Spy with Melissa McCarthy. Additionally she co-starred in The Help based on the best-selling novel of the same name. For their extraordinary performances, the cast won Ensemble awards from the Hollywood Film Awards, Screen Actors Guild, National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics. The film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Janney delighted audiences with outstanding performances in the Oscar-nominated ensemble Juno and in the movie version of the Tony Award winning play Hairspray, which was also awarded Best Ensemble from the Hollywood Film Awards. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the Independent Spirit Awards for her role in Todd Solondz’s film Life During Wartime. She also co-starred in The Way, Way Back with Steve Carell, opposite Meryl Streep in The Hours, which received a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture and appeared in the Academy Award winning film American Beauty (for which she won a SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture). Janney currently stars alongside Anna Faris in the CBS/Chuck Lorre hit comedy, Mom. Critics also applauded her turn as Margaret Scully on Showtime’s groundbreaking drama Masters of Sex. Janney won Emmys for both roles in the same year; a rare feat in Emmy history. She won a second Emmy for Mom the following year, bringing her total number of ATAS statues to seven. She is renowned for her starring role in the acclaimed NBC series The West Wing, where she won a remarkable four Emmy Awards and four SAG Awards for her portrayal of White House Press Secretary CJ Cregg. In addition, she was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Adam Sandler will receive the “Hollywood Comedy Award” for his performance in the Netflix feature film, The Meyerowitz Stories, directed by Noah Baumbach, and also starring Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman.
Golden Globe-nominated actor, Adam Sandler, took his first step towards becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took the stage at a Boston comedy club at the age of 17. He found he was a natural comic. He nurtured his talent while at New York University (graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1991) by performing regularly in clubs and at universities. During his freshman year, he snagged a recurring role as the Huxtable family’s friend Smitty on The Cosby Show (1984). While working at a comedy club in L.A., he was “discovered” by Dennis Miller, who recommended him to Saturday Night Live (1975) producer Lorne Michaels and told him that Sandler had a big talent. This led to his being cast in the show in 1990, which he also wrote for in addition to performing. After Saturday Night Live (1975), Sandler went on to the movies, starring in such hit comedies as Airheads (1994), Happy Gilmore (1996), Billy Madison (1995) and Big Daddy (1999). He has also starred in Mr. Deeds (2002) alongside Winona Ryder; Eight Crazy Nights (2002), an animated movie about the Jewish festival of Chanukah; and Punch-Drunk Love (2002). He also writes and produces many of his own films and has composed songs for several of them, including The Wedding Singer (1998). Sandler has had several of his songs placed on the “Billboard” charts, including the classic “The Chanukah Song.”
Actor Timothée Chalamet will be recognized for his performance in “Call Me By Your Name” with the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award” at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards.”
Timothée Chalamet has received rave reviews for his leading performance in CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and will be released in November. Chalamet is currently filming the untitled Woody Allen project in New York City. He recently wrapped production on BEAUTIFUL BOY starring opposite Steve Carell. Timothée will also appear in Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut LADY BIRD, opposite Saoirse Ronan and Lucas Hedges. Chalamet will also be seen in Scott Cooper’s upcoming feature HOSTILES, opposite Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike. Last year, Timothée opened to strong reviews and received Drama League and Clive Barnes nominations and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actor for his performance in the world premiere of PRODIGAL SON. He also received glowing reviews for his performance in MISS STEVENS which premiered at SXSW in 2016, as well as the coming-of-age drama HOT SUMMER NIGHTS, which opened at the Austin festival this summer. Timothée previously starred in Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR, opposite Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, Jessie Nelson’s LOVE THE COOPERS and Jason Reitman’s MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, as well as the independent feature film ONE AND TWO, which premiered at Berlin and SXSW. Timothée was first noticed in the second season of HOMELAND opposite Claire Danes and Damian Lewis for SHOWTIME.
Iconic Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist Mary J. Blige will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award” for her work in “Mudbound.”
Mary J. Blige is a figure of inspiration, transformation and empowerment making her one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era. With a track record of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus a staggering 32 nominations), a 2012 Golden Globe nomination, and five American Music Awards, Blige is a global superstar. And in the ensuing years, the singer/songwriter has attracted an intensely loyal fan base—responsible for propelling worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums. Previously, Blige has guest-starred on ABC’s Black-ish and How to Get Away with Murder, the FOX musical drama Empire and the NBC musical The Wiz LIVE! playing Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West. This past April, Blige released her 14th studio album titled Strength of a Woman. In May, VH1 premiered a documentary from Blige titled STRENGTH OF A WOMAN: AN ALBUM DOCUMENTARY. Next up, she is starring in the film MUDBOUND, opposite Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund, which premiered to rave reviews this year at Sundance and will debut on Netflix in November.
Actor Jamie Bell will receive the “New Hollywood Actor Award” for his recent work in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.
While still a teenager, Jamie Bell shot to worldwide fame starring in the title role of Stephen Daldry’s Billy Elliot. Among the many honors he received for his performance, were the BAFTA Award for Best Actor, and the British Independent Film Award for Best Newcomer. He went onto portray Charles Dickens’ memorable character Smike in writer/director Douglas McGrath’s screen adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby, for which he and his colleagues shared the National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble. His subsequent films include David Gordon Green’s Undertow; Thomas Vinterberg’s Dear Wendy; Peter Jackson’s epic King Kong and Clint Eastwood’s acclaimed Flags of Our Fathers, in which he portrayed real-life WWII hero Ralph Ignatowski. His other films include David Mackenzie’s Hallam Foe, for which he earned a British Independent Film Award nomination and a BAFTA (Scotland) Award for Best Actor; Arie Posin’s The Chumscrubber; Doug Liman’s Jumper; and Edward Zwick’s Defiance. He went onto star in Kevin Macdonald’s The Eagle, Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre and Carl Tibbetts’ The Retreat. He played the titular role in Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, as Hergé’s legendary young adventurer in the motion-capture production filmed in 3-D. He went on to star in Asger Leth’s Man on a Ledge, John Baird’s Filth, Snowpiercer with acclaimed Korean director Joon-Ho Bong, Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, and most recently Toa Fraser’s 6 Days. On the small screen, Bell starred in AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies as the lead role of Abe Woodhull, his first foray into American television. This Fall he stars opposite Annette Bening in Paul McGuigan’s Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. Bell is currently in production on the indie film Donnybrook for writer/director Tim Sutton, adapted from Frank Bill’s noir novel of the same name.
The cast of “I, Tonya” including Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan, Paul Walter Hauser, Julianne Nicholson, Caitlin Carver and Mckenna Grace will be honored with the “Hollywood Ensemble Award” at this year’s ceremony.
Based on unbelievable but true events, I, TONYA is the darkly comedic tale of American figure skater Tonya Harding and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy has forever been defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived and worse-executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, a mustachioed Sebastian Stan as her impetuous ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, a tour-de-force performance from Allison Janney as her acid-tongued mother LaVona Golden, and an original screenplay by Steven Rogers, Craig Gillespie’s I, TONYA is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding’s life and career in all of its unchecked––and checkered––glory.
The cast of the film The Big Sick, including Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, will receive the “Hollywood Comedy Ensemble Award.”
The Big Sick is based on the real-life courtship between Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani (Nanjiani) and grad student Emily Gordon (Zoe Kazan) who fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano), his family’s expectations, and his true feelings.
Set in the rural American South during World War II, director Dee Rees tells an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. The McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis, is unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry (Jason Clarke), his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) struggles to keep the faith in her husband’s losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson (Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige) — fellow sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations — work to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face. The war upends both families’ plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a fast but uneasy friendship over their shared experience as soldiers in Europe.
Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie, and author-activist Loung Ung will receive the “Hollywood Foreign Language Film Award,” at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards” for their critically-acclaimed film First They Killed My Father, which has been selected by Cambodia’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film.
Jolie also directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Ung, who also serves as executive producer and whose gripping memoir the film is based upon.
Loung was five years old when the Khmer Rouge came to power, and the story is told through her eyes, from 1975 through 1978, depicting the indomitable spirit and devotion of her family as they struggle to stay together.
Acclaimed Cambodian director and producer Rithy Panh, who is himself a survivor of the Khmer Rouge, and produced First They Killed My Father together with Jolie said, “We are grateful for this recognition by the HFA. In Cambodia, the film was welcomed with such success, a success beyond the normal commercial measure, with a much deeper and with lasting impact. This film comes at a time where 70% of the Cambodian population is under 30 years old. This generation is just starting to ask questions about the history of the country. This film serves as a bridge to connect them with their history.”
Musicians Diane Warren, Common and Andra Day will receive the “Hollywood Song Award” for the original song, “Stand Up For Something” with music by Diane Warren, lyrics by Diane Warren and Common and is performed by Andra Day featuring Common from the film Marshall, at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards.”
Diane Warren – Diane Warren is one of the most continuously prolific and successful contemporary songwriters of our time. She is the sole owner of her publishing company Realsongs. Her songs have been featured in more than 100 motion pictures resulting in eight Academy Award® nominations. Warren most recently received her eighth Oscar nomination for the original song “Til It Happens To You,” performed by Lady Gaga, from the critically acclaimed documentary The Hunting Ground and her seventh Oscar nomination for her original song “Grateful” performed by Rita Ora for the film Beyond the Lights. In 2016, Warren also earned her first Emmy nomination and her first Emmy win for “Til It Happens To You.” She was nominated for five Golden Globes and won for the powerful ballad “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” performed by Cher in the movie Burlesque. Both Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes had hit records with her Oscar and Grammy nominated song “How Do I Live” from the movie Con Air. Warren’s popular “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from Mannequin, “Because You Loved Me” sung by Celine Dion for the film Up Close and Personal, “Music Of My Heart” performed by *NSYNC and Gloria Estefan for the film Music Of The Heart, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” performed by Aerosmith for Armageddon and “There You’ll Be” sung by Faith Hill from Pearl Harbor were also Oscar nominated and hit songs. Diane has been nominated for 14 Grammys, and received a Grammy for the song “Because You Loved Me.” She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001.
Common – Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy-winning actor and musician, Common continues to break down barriers with a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles, and continued success at the box office. He appeared on the big screen in the Oscar nominated film, SELMA, a film centered around the civil rights marches that changed America. Alongside John Legend, he won the Academy Award and Golden Globe in 2015 for “Best Original Song in a Motion Picture” for “Glory” which was featured in the film. In 2016, he appeared in the David Ayer’s high profile comic book movie, Warner Bros’ SUICIDE SQUAD. The film broke box office records both domestically and around the world. Earlier this year, Common starred opposite Keanu Reeves in the highly anticipated sequel JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, and appeared in Judy Greer’s directorial debut A HAPPENING OF MONUMENTAL PROPORTIONS with Allison Janney, which premiered at the Bentonville Film Festival in May. This Summer, he appeared in Bleecker Street’s MEGAN LEAVEY alongside Kate Mara, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford and Edie Falco, in theaters June 9th. Common most recently wrapped production on action-thriller HUNTER KILLER opposite Gerard Butler, Billy Bob Thornton, and Gary Oldman, as well as indie film SAINT JUDY with Michelle Monaghan, Alfred Molina and Alfre Woodard. It was announced that Common will executive produce and star in “Black Samurai” a TV adaption of Marc Olden’s 1974 book series, which inspired the 1977 film of the same name. He is also set to star in QUICK DRAW, a new revenge action thriller to be produced by TRANSFORMERS producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Content Media. He is currently in production on two projects; THREE SECONDS, the upcoming action thriller by Andrea Di Stefano, with an all-star cast including Clive Owen, Rosamund Pike, and Joel Kinnaman, and Sarah Jessica Parker’s romantic drama BEST DAY OF MY LIFE alongside Jacqueline Bisset, Renee Zellweger, Isabella Rossellini, Simon Baker, and Taylor Kinney. Behind-the-scenes, Common recently executive-produced the Netflix drama BURNING SANDS and performed the closing credits original song “The Cross” featuring Lianne Le Havas. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was released on Netflix March 10th. He will also executive produce Showtime’s upcoming TV series “The Chi,” a coming-of-age story set in Chicago from writer Lena Waithe. Common’s 11th studio album, BLACK AMERICA AGAIN, was released November 4, 2016 on ARTium/Def Jam Recordings. The album includes socially conscious new single, “Black America Again” featuring Stevie Wonder and the anthem “Letter to the Free,” the end-title track to Ava Duvernay’s powerful Oscar-Nominated documentary 13TH, for which he also received the 2017 Emmy for “Best Music and Lyrics.”
Andra Day – Carried by enough conviction to incite cultural change, Andra Day’s full-length debut Cheers to the Fall [Buskin Records / Warner Bros. Records] garnered a 2016 GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best R&B Album,” while its anthemic Platinum lead single “Rise Up” achieved a nod for “Best R&B Performance.” The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Ellen, Dancing with the Stars, The View, Jimmy Kimmel, White House National Christmas Tree Lighting, Hallmark’s Home for the Holiday’s, Audience TV, the CMA Country Christmas, and the America’s Got Talent—just to name a few. Quietly recognized amongst some of music’s most legendary names, the singer paid tribute to Ray Charles at The Smithsonian and shared the stage for performances with everyone from Chinese piano virtuoso Lang Lang, Bonnie Raitt, and Stevie Wonder to Ellie Goulding, Alicia Keys, and John Legend. Her voice abounded throughout the halls of the historic 2016 Democratic National Convention as well as launch of Michelle Obama’s We Will Rise documentary in partnership with Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto on “International Day of the Girl” event at The White House. Along the way, she covered Essence Magazine and achieved the prestigious “Powerhouse Award” at the Billboard Women in Musicevent. 2017 kicked off with two show-stopping performances by the chanteuse at the 48th Annual NAACP Image Awards and a knockout Bee Gees tribute during the 59th Annual GRAMMYs®. Hyatt welcomed Andra as the voice of its “For A World Of Understanding” campaign, breathing new life into the Burt Bacharach and Hal David classic, “What The World Needs Now Is Love.” Moreover, she voiced Sweet Tea in the summer blockbuster Cars 3, covering Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” during a standout sequence. Closing out 2017, Andra released the moving anthem “Stand Up For Something” [feat. Common] from the Marshall Official Soundtrack Album and film. The original song was written by GRAMMY®, Emmy®, and Golden Globe® Award-winning and eight-time Academy® Award-nominated legend Diane Warren and Oscar®, GRAMMY®, and Emmy® Award-winning hip-hop icon and actor Common. It spotlights her show-stopping and stunning vocals over powerful production as well as thought-provoking rhymes from Common. Meanwhile, the movie marks her on-screen debut.
Despite his family’s frustrating generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) is inspired by his idol, the late, great musician Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt)—and dreams of nothing else. Following a mysterious and otherworldly chain of events, Miguel meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and, together, they set off on an adventure of music and mystery, resulting in the most unusual family reunion.
Director, Joe Wright, will also receive the “Hollywood Director Award” for the Focus Features film Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman, about Winston Churchill and the incredible odds he faced during World War II.
Joe Wright is the BAFTA Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated director behind such acclaimed and award-winning films as Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, Anna Karenina, Hanna, The Soloist and Pan. His upcoming film Darkest Hour, to be released by Focus Features in November 2017, stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill leading the charge against Adolf Hitler’s army in the early days of World War II. In the theatre, Wright has directed critically acclaimed West End productions including Trelawny of the Wells, A Season in the Congo, and most recently, Life of Galileo. Wright is a director of Shoebox Films, a London based film and television production company.
Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will receive the “Hollywood Producer Award” for their stunning film Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.
ANDREW A. KOSOVE and BRODERICK JOHNSON – Academy Award nominated producers Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson are co-CEOs and co-founders of Alcon Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based wholly independent company that develops, finances, produces and markets theatrical motion pictures and television. Alcon, one of the longest-running independent film finance and production companies in the world, has financed and produced, and/or co-financed/produced 33 films to date, including the recent critically acclaimed film Blade Runner 2049 from Academy Award-nominated director Denis Villeneuve and starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford; the Academy Award-nominated Best Picture The Blind Side, which earned Sandra Bullock a Best Actress Oscar; The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman; Insomnia, starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank and directed by Chris Nolan; The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; P.S. I Love You, starring Hilary Swank; the critically acclaimed dramatic thriller Prisoners, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, Terrance Howard and Paul Dano; and the family hit Dolphin Tale starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson. Alcon’s upcoming projects include the road trip comedy Father Figures, starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms, which is due in theaters December 22, 2017. Additionally, Alcon is co-financing and executive producing the contemporary war drama 12 Strong, along with producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Black Label Media, set for release on January 19, 2018.
CYNTHIA SIKES YORKIN – Sikes Yorkin is an actress and producer whose recent credits include the critically acclaimed film Blade Runner 2049, from Academy Award-nominated director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) and starring Academy Award nominees Ryan Gosling (La La Land) and Harrison Ford (Witness, Star Wars franchise). The film was released domestically by Warner Bros. and internationally by Sony on October 6, 2017. Together with her late husband, the famed writer/producer/director Bud Yorkin, she initiated development of the project in 2010 following the Yorkin’s acquisition of the remaining rights Bud Yorkin had shared with former partner Jerry Perrenchio. The Yorkins subsequently joined forces with independent financiers/producers Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson of Alcon Entertainment to bring the proposed project to the big screen. Her next projects include producing a currently in development feature, also with Alcon, and a limited series focused on her Native American ancestors. As an actress, Sikes Yorkin has starred in numerous television series and films. For three years she played Dr. Annie Cavanero on NBC’s St. Elsewhere, opposite Denzel Washington, and subsequently appeared on the hit series JAG. She most recently guest starred in a four-episode arc on NBC’s Aquarius alongside David Duchovny. Sikes Yorkin’s feature film credits include co-starring roles in the comedies Arthur 2 On The Rocks,with Dudley Moore; That’s Life, with Jack Lemmon; Love Hurts, with Jeff Daniels; Possums, with Mac Davis; and Going Shopping, directed by Henry Jaglom.
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber will receive the “Hollywood Screenwriter Award” for their work on the film The Disaster Artist, based on the real-life story of filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards.”
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber are screenwriters and producers of various studio and independent films. Their most recent project, A24’s Dec. 1 release The Disaster Artist, features a transformative performance from James Franco, who stars and directs. Their 2014 adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars opened as the #1 movie in America and went on to gross over $300 million worldwide. The pair wrote the hit Fox Searchlight comedy/romance, (500) Days of Summer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. The film was nominated for Best Feature – Comedy at the Golden Globe Awards and earned them an Independent Spirit Award and a Golden Satellite Award for Best Screenplay of the Year. They were also nominated for a Writers Guild Award and won the Hollywood Breakthrough Screenwriter Award in 2009. They also wrote and executive produced the critically acclaimed independent film, The Spectacular Now, an official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards including Best Screenplay and the National Board of Review named it a Top Ten Independent Film of 2013. Their adaptation of Our Souls at Night, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, will be released by Netflix this fall. Currently they are remaking the hit Korean film The Beauty Inside for Fox 2000 and adapting the acclaimed WWII novel Salt to the Sea for Universal. Their other projects include adaptations of Looking for Alaska for Paramount and The Rosie Project for Sony. Neustadter hails from Margate, NJ and lives with his wife and children in Los Angeles. He loves sad British pop music and the movie The Graduate. Weber was born in New York City and is a graduate of The Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He currently lives in Manhattan.