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EDDIE MURPHY is the most commercially successful African-American actor in the history of the motion picture business, and is one of the industry’s top-five box-office performers overall. At the tender age of 53, Murphy is on the very short list of actors who have starred in multiple $100 million pictures over the past three decades, from “Beverly Hills Cop” to “Daddy Day Care.” He is also the voice of Donkey in the Oscar®-winning animated film “Shrek” and its sequel, “Shrek 2,” which is the top-grossing animated film of all time. Murphy won an Annie Award and earned BAFTA and MTV Movie Award nominations for his performance in the first “Shrek,” and recently reprised the role of Donkey in the final installment of the hugely successful franchise, “Shrek Goes Fourth.” In 2007, Murphy received rave reviews and critical acclaim for his portrayal of James “Thunder” Early in the Dreamworks film “Dreamgirls,” a performance which would garner him the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture as well as earning him his first Academy Award nomination in the same category. Murphy can currently be seen starring in the drama “Mr. Church.”
Murphy began his career as a stand-up comedian 25 years ago. In 1980, at the age of 19, he joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” and has since gone on to establish a successful career on the big screen.
His films have been among the highest-grossing comedies in the industry, including “48 Hrs.,” “Trading Places,” “Dr. Dolittle,” “Coming to America” and the “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise. Murphy garnered Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy for his performances in “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Trading Places” and “48 Hrs.”
In 1989, Murphy made his directorial debut with “Harlem Nights,” a period comedy he also wrote and starred in, opposite Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx. In addition, Murphy starred in and produced the hit comedy “Life,” co-starring Martin Lawrence, and starred opposite Steve Martin in the comedy “Bowfinger.” He was also the voice of Mushu the Dragon in the successful animated epic “Mulan.”
In 1996, Murphy portrayed seven different characters in the worldwide box office smash “The Nutty Professor,” for which he received another Golden Globe Award nomination. He added a character to play a total of eight roles in the sequel, “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps,” co-starring Janet Jackson. His more recent films include “Dr. Dolittle 2,” “Daddy Day Care,” “The Haunted Mansion” and the romantic comedy “Norbit,” in which he played three characters as well as serving as the film’s producer and screenwriter.
Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks will be honored with the “Hollywood Actor Award” for his performance in critically acclaimed “Sully” at the 20th Annual “Hollywood Film Awards.
Tom Hanks is an award-winning actor, producer and director. One of only two actors in history to win back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards®, he won his first Oscar® in 1994 for his moving portrayal of AIDS-stricken lawyer Andrew Beckett in Jonathan Demme’s “Philadelphia.” The following year, he took home his second Oscar® for his unforgettable performance in the title role of Robert Zemeckis’ “Forrest Gump.” He also won Golden Globe Awards for both films, as well as a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for the latter. Hanks was most recently seen in “Captain Phillips,” Stephen Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” and Clint Eastwood’s “Sully.”
Hugh Grant, one of Britain’s most esteemed actors, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for his work in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” directed by Stephen Frears, in which Grant stars alongside Meryl Streep. The film tells the story of an aging New York heiress whose dreams of fame have never faded despite her lack of talent. Grant shines as Streep’s husband in this true story, period piece.
Hugh Grant has received acclaim for his work in a wide range of films, and has received numerous awards for his varied performances, including Golden Globe and BAFTA honors. This past year, Grant’s performance in Frears’ comedy “Florence Foster Jenkins” has received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. He won a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA for his performance in “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” and was nominated for Golden Globes for his performances in “Notting Hill” and “About a Boy.” Previously, Grant starred in Marc Lawrence’s romantic comedy “The Rewrite” and Guy Ritchie’s film adaptation of the eponymous MGM series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E..” Popular film credits include “Did You Hear About The Morgans” opposite Sarah Jessica Parker; “Music and Lyrics,” “American Dreamz;” “Bridget Jones’ Diary;” and its sequel, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason;” the ensemble comedy hit “Love Actually;” and “Two Weeks Notice” opposite Sandra Bullock. Other film credits include “Sense and Sensibility,” “Mickey Blue Eyes,” “Small Time Crooks” and “Extreme Measures,” which he also produced.
Natalie Portman is being recognized for her role as Jacqueline Kennedy in the film “Jackie,” a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). “Jackie” places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well. “Jackie” is directed by Pablo Larraín and written by Noah Oppenheim. In addition to Academy Award® winner Portman, the film stars Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, and Academy Award® nominee John Hurt. “Jackie” is produced by Juan De Dios Larraín, Darren Aronofsky, Mickey Liddell, Scott Franklin, and Ari Handel. The film opens December 2, 2016.
An Academy-Award winning actress, filmmaker and philanthropist, Natalie Portman first charmed audiences at the age of eleven in Luc Besson’s “The Professional.” Since then she has starred in over 25 films, including “Beautiful Girls,” “Cold Mountain,” “Garden State” and “Closer.” In 2011, she received an Oscar for her performance in Darren Aronofsky’s critically acclaimed film, “Black Swan.” Portman has also taken on a variety of roles behind the lens including “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” which she wrote, directed, and starred in. She will be soon be seen as Jacqueline Kennedy in Pablo Larrain’s “Jackie,” to be released by Fox Searchlight in December 2016. When Portman isn’t working, she serves as Ambassador of WE and FINCA, in addition to working with Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. A Harvard graduate with a degree in psychology, Portman has also studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
“Hollywood Supporting Actress Award” winner Nicole Kidman will be honored for her work in the drama “Lion” by The Weinstein Company, out November 25th. The film tells the story of an Indian boy adopted by a couple from Australia, who returns to Calcutta 25 years later to find his lost family.
Academy Award winning actress Nicole Kidman first came to the attention of American audiences with her critically acclaimed performance in Phillip Noyce’s riveting 1989 Australian psychological thriller “Dead Calm.” Kidman has since become an internationally-recognized, award-winning actress known for her range and versatility. In 2002, Kidman was honored with her first Oscar nomination for her performance in Baz Luhrmann’s innovative musical, “Moulin Rouge!” For that role, and her performance in writer/director Alejandro Amenabar’s psychological thriller, “The Others,” she received dual 2002 Golden Globe nominations, winning for Best Actress in a Musical. In 2003, Kidman won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Berlin Silver Bear for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry’s “The Hours.” In 2010, Kidman starred opposite Aaron Eckhart in “Rabbit Hole,” for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Actress. The film was developed by Kidman’s production company, Blossom Films. She was most recently seen in “The Family Fang” with Jason Bateman, which she also produced, and “Genius” alongside Colin Firth. Kidman’s upcoming films include “The Weinstein Company’s “Lion” with Dev Patel and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.”
Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro will be honored with the “Hollywood Comedy Award” for his film “The Comedian” at the 20th Annual “Hollywood Film Awards® Presented by Virginia Black.”
In the film, “The Comedian,” De Niro plays an aging comic icon who develops a strong bond with the daughter of a sleazy real estate mogul. De Niro plays opposite Leslie Mann and Harvey Keitel in this dark comedy by Sony Pictures Classics.
Robert De Niro launched his prolific motion picture career in Brian De Palma’s “The Wedding Party” in 1969. In 1974, De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the young Vito Corleone in “The Godfather, Part II.” In 1980, he won his second Oscar, as Best Actor, for his extraordinary portrayal of Jake La Motta in Scorsese’s “Raging Bull.” De Niro has earned Academy Award nominations for his work in five additional films: as Travis Bickle in Scorsese’s acclaimed “Taxi Driver;” as a Vietnam vet in Michael Cimino’s “The Deer Hunter,” as a catatonic patient brought to life in Penny Marshall’s “Awakenings,” in 1992 as Max Cady, an ex-con looking for revenge, in Scorsese’s remake of the 1962 classic “Cape Fear” and as a father to a bi-polar son in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook.” In 2009, De Niro received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting. He also received the Hollywood Actor Award from the Hollywood Film Festival, which he won again in 2012, and the Stanley Kubrick Award from the BAFTA Britannia Awards. In addition, AARP The Magazine gave De Niro the 2010 Movies for Grownups Lifetime Achievement Award. De Niro was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. He also served as the jury president of the 64th Cannes Film Festival.
London born, Naomie Harris is an actress whose career spans some of the highest grossing blockbuster franchises of all time, as well as powerful independent features. She had her first major breakthrough in 2002 with Danny Boyle’s cult classic “28 Days Later,” and was nominated soon after for a BAFTA Orange Rising Star for her role as the voodoo witch Tia Dalma in the second and third “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. Since then Ms. Harris has gone on to reinvent the iconic role of Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond epic “Skyfall,” starring alongside Daniel Craig for director Sam Mendes, and reteaming with them for the next Bond smash hit, “Spectre.” In 2013, she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and two London Critics’ Circle Film Awards for her powerful portrayal of Winnie Mandela in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedon.”. Ms. Harris can next be seen in the highly anticipated feature film from A24, “Moonlight.” In the film, she plays a crack-addict wrestling with her demons and raising her son in the 1980s. In the fall of 2018 Harris can be seen in Andy Serkis’ “Jungle Book: Origins” for Warner Bros., working in advanced performance-capture alongside Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett. In December of this year, Ms. Harris will be seen in David Frankel’s “Collateral Beauty” opposite Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley, for Warner Bros.
Lily Collins is a rising star in Hollywood. She has already gained praise for her numerous roles in the industry and has become one of the most sought after young actresses in the business. Audiences can see Collins next in the highly anticipated film, “Rules Don’t Apply,” directed by Warren Beatty in which she stars as a young actress under contract for Howard Hughes during the Golden Age of Hollywood alongside Beatty and Alden Ahrenriech. It is scheduled to be released on November 23, 2016. Next, Collins will soon begin filming the Amazon/Sony Pictures Television drama series, “The Last Tycoon” opposite Matt Bomer. The series is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel and received acclaim while the pilot was streamed during Amazon’s “Watch, Rate, Review” period. Recent film credits include the British romantic comedy “Love,Rosie,” the on-screen adaption of the best-selling fantasy-action book series “The Mortal Instruments,” “Stuck in Love,” “Mirror Mirror,” and the Academy Award nominated film, “The Blind Side.” In addition to acting, Collins is a rising icon in the fashion and beauty industry and currently is an ambassador for Lancôme. Collins has served as an Ambassador to Bystander Revolution since 2014 — participating on its behalf at various “We Day” events, supporting its social media initiatives, and contributing to the initial round of videos for the site.
Janelle Monáe is being recognized for her role as Mary Jackson in the 20th Century Fox film “Hidden Figures.” In the film Monáe plays a part of a team of African-American women who provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.
Janelle Monáe is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, performer, producer and CoverGirl spokesperson known for her unique style and groundbreaking sound. Immersed in the performing arts at a young age, she founded her record label the Wondaland Arts Society releasing the EP “Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase).” In 2010, Monáe released the highly anticipated and critically acclaimed “ArchAndroid,” which reached No. 17 on the Billboard Charts and earned her two Grammy nominations, including one for the hit single “Tightrope.” 2013 saw the release of the critically acclaimed album “The Electric Lady” featuring Prince and Miguel, which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. In February of 2015, Janelle launched her very own label, Wondaland Records. Most recently, Monáe was featured in the Super Bowl 50 Pepsi commercial titled, the “Joy of Dance,” wherein she pays homage to some of the greatest musical acts of past and present.
In 2017, Janelle takes her talent to the silver screen, in which she will star as a lead actor in the upcoming dramas “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight.” “Hidden Figures” centers around the true story of three African-American women who work for NASA and help make John Glenn the first person to orbit the Earth in 1962. The film also stars Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, and Kevin Costner. “Moonlight,” produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and A24, chronicles the coming-of-age of Chiron (Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes), a young man facing an uphill battle with his sexuality during Miami’s turbulent war-on-drugs era in the 1970s. “Moonlight” also stars Naomi Harris, André Holland and Mahershala Ali.
“Gold,” inspired by actual events, is the epic tale of one man’s pursuit of the American dream and everything he’ll do to keep it from falling apart. Oscar© winner Matthew McConaughey stars as Kenny Wells, a man raised in the mining business and desperate for a lucky break. He teams up with a mythic geologist and sets off on an amazing journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. When they make the largest gold find in history, they realize this dream is only the beginning of the adventure. They battle nature, Wall Street, conspiracies inside of conspiracies, but most of all they test their faith in themselves. Directed by Oscar© winner Stephen Gaghan (“Traffic,” “Syriana”), the film stars Oscar© winner Matthew McConaughey (“Interstellar,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “The Wolf of Wall Street) and Golden Globe© nominees Edgar Ramirez (“Hands of Stone,” “The Girl on the Train”) and Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World,” “Pete’s Dragon”). “Gold” opens wide Christmas Day.
Singer, songwriter and actor Justin Timberlake will receive the “Hollywood Song Award” for his hit single “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” from the upcoming DreamWorks film “Trolls” at the 20th Annual “Hollywood Film Awards® Presented by Virginia Black.”
Timberlake’s “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 List, becoming Timberlake’s fifth No. 1 single, and making it only the 26th song in history to debut at No. 1. The second bestselling song of the summer has reached the top of the charts in over 20 countries. The song was produced by the nine-time Grammy and four-time Emmy winning musician, as well as Grammy Award winning producers Max Martin and Shellback.
The single comes from the soundtrack for DreamWorks family film “Trolls,” where Timberlake also served as executive music producer. The film stars Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, and tells the story of two trolls on a quest to save Troll Town from the evil Bergens. “Trolls” is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventure. The movie is set to hit theaters November 4th.
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, “Before the Flood” presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time. It premieres on National Geographic on October 30th.
“Before The Flood” hit theatres October 21st (NY & LA) and aired globally (in 171 countries and 45 languages) on National Geographic on October 30th. From October 30 through November 6th “Before The Flood” will be available for free (commercial free) via a record number of digital and streaming platforms around the world. Visit www.beforetheflood.com/ for more information.
The Academy Award-winning actor, writer and director Mel Gibson will be honored with the “Hollywood Director Award” at the 20th Annual “Hollywood Film Awards® Presented by Virginia Black.” The prolific multi-talented artist directs Lionsgate’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” starring Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Teresa Palmer, which is set to hit theaters November 4th, 2016.
Mel Gibson has received numerous awards, recognition and acclaim for his decades of work both in front of and behind the camera. After attending the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Arts, it didn’t take Gibson long to catch the eye of director George Miller and receive worldwide recognition for the 1979 film “Mad Max,” for which he received an Australian Film Institute Best Actor Award.
In 1984, Gibson made his American film debut in “The River,” opposite Sissy Spacek. He went on to star in other well-known films including “Gallipoli,” “The Bounty,” Tequila Sunrise,” and the “Lethal Weapon” series, which would cement his status in Hollywood. In 1989 Gibson founded Icon Productions, whose first film was “Hamlet” and won Gibson the William Shakespeare Award from the Folger Theater in Washington, DC. Gibson made his directorial debut in 1993 in “The Man Without A Face” in which he also starred.
In 1995 Gibson produced, directed and starred in the critical and box office success “Braveheart,” which went on to receive five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. In 2000, Gibson became the first actor in history to star in three $100 million films (domestic gross) during the same year; “The Patriot,” “Chicken Run,” and “What Women Want”.
In 2004, Gibson produced, co-wrote and directed The Passion of The Christ starring Jim Caviezel, Maia Morgenstern and Monica Bellucci. The Ash Wednesday release on February 25 had the best five-day opening ever, at that time, for a film with a Wednesday opening. The Passion of The Christ had a worldwide box-office gross of $610 million, making it the highest-grossing R-rated film and highest grossing independent film in film history. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards®.
Mr. Ford’s second film “Nocturnal Animals,” the hauntingly romantic thriller that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty stars Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves. The film premiered at the 73rd annual Venice Film Festival in 2016, where it won the Grand Jury Prize. Focus Features will release “Nocturnal Animals” in select cities beginning November 18th and nationwide on December 9th.
Tom Ford is a highly respected and successful fashion designer and film director. One of the most esteemed and prolific designers of his generation, Mr. Ford has won numerous awards for his distinguished work at Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and his eponymous luxury brand TOM FORD, which launched in 2005. That same year, he formed his Los Angeles-based film production company Fade To Black through which he directed, produced and co-wrote his first feature film “A Single Man,” starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. The film premiered at the 66th annual Venice Film Festival in 2009, where Mr. Firth was awarded Best Actor for his performance. The critically acclaimed film went on to receive multiple awards and nominations including the Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
Marc Platt’s producing career spans film, theatre and television with his projects garnering a combined 17 Oscar nominations, 18 Tony nominations, 17 Golden Globe nominations and 29 Emmy nominations. His films this year are “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” “The Girl on the Train,” and “La La Land.” Last year, Platt received a “Best Picture” Oscar nomination for “Bridge of Spies,” which was among the six earned for the film overall. Other credits include “Into the Woods,” “Drive,” “Rachel Getting Married,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” “Wanted,” “Nine,” “2 Guns,” “Cop Out,” “Ricki and the Flash,” “Legally Blonde,” “Legally Blonde 2,” “Honey,” “Josie and the Pussycats” and Disney’s upcoming “Mary Poppins Returns.” He produced Broadway’s blockbuster musical, “Wicked,” and for television he earned an Emmy Award for executive producing “Grease Live!” and an Emmy and Golden Globe awards for HBO’s “Empire Falls.” Prior to becoming an independent producer, Platt served as president of production for three movie studios — Orion, TriStar and Universal.
Kenneth Lonergan wrote and directed “You Can Count On Me” (2000 Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Nominee for Best Screenplay), “Margaret” (2011), and “Margaret” – Extended Edition (2012). He also co-wrote the screenplays for “Analyze This” (1999) and “Gangs Of New York” (2002 WGA® and Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay). Lonergan’s plays include Tony nominated “This Is Our Youth” (1996), Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Waverly Gallery” (2000), and Olivier Award nominated “Lobby Hero” (2001). He recently completed the television adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel, “Howards End,” for the BBC. His upcoming film, “Manchester by the Sea,” which he both wrote and directed, stars Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges and Kyle Chandler. The film premiered to great acclaim at the 2016 Sundance, Telluride, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals, and will be released by Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions on November 18, 2016.