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Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, are pleased to announce honorees that will be recognized for their achievements at the festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in
Beverly Hills on
October 24, 2011.
Academy Award-nominated actor
Christopher Plummer will receive the "Hollywood Supporting Actor Award," for "Beginners," actor
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be honored with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award," for "50/50," actress
Jessica Chastain will be honored with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Actress Award," for "The Tree of Life," "Coriolanus," "The Debt," "The Help," and "Take Shelter," and actress
Felicity Jones will receive the "New Hollywood Award" for "Like Crazy."
"It is extraordinary that all of these honorees have contributed their talent to such high quality films, and it is a great pleasure to honor them for their work," said
Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the Hollywood Awards Gala.
The Hollywood Film Awards Gala launches the awards season. In the past eight years a total of 73 Oscar nominations and 27 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Awards.
The 2011 Hollywood Film Festival has also announced they will honor the cast of "The Help" (
Bryce Dallas Howard,
Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly,
Cicely Tyson and
Mike Vogel) with the "Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award," Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, Editor
Stephen Mirrione, Production Designer James Murakami and Visual Effects Supervisor
Scott Farrar at their annual Awards Gala. In addition, Gore Verbinski's "Rango" will be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, along with additional honorees to be announced in the coming weeks.
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMERChristopher Plummer has long been one of the most respected actors in theater and film. In 2008,
Alfred A. Knopf published Plummer's memoir, "In Spite of Myself," which became one of the most acclaimed autobiographies of recent years. He has also written for the stage, television, and the concert hall.
Mr. Plummer's first film was
Sidney Lumet's "Stage Struck," with
Henry Fonda and Susan Strasberg. His notable movies since then have included
John Huston's "The Man Who Would Be King," in which he portrayed author
Anthony Mann's "The Fall of The Roman Empire,"
Guy Hamilton's "Battle of
Sergei Bondarchuk's "Waterloo,"
Nicholas Ray's "Wind Across the Everglades,"
Robert Mulligan's "Inside Daisy Clover,"
Robert Wise's Academy Award-winning "The Sound of Music," opposite
Blake Edwards' "The Return of the Pink Panther," with
Daryl Duke's "The Silent Partner,"
Bob Clark's "Murder by Decree," in which he played
Sherlock Holmes and for which he won the Genie Award (
Canada's Oscar equivalent) for Best Actor,
Jeannot Szwarc's "Somewhere in Time," with
Nicholas Meyer's "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,"
Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" and "Inside Man,"
Taylor Hackford's "
Terry Gilliam's "Twelve Monkeys" and "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,"
Ron Howard's Academy Award-winning "A Beautiful Mind," Atom Egoyan's "Ararat,"
Douglas McGrath's "
Jon Turteltaub's "National Treasure,"
Gary David Goldberg's "Must Love Dogs,"
Stephen Gaghan's "Syriana,"
Terrence Malick's "The New World,"
Michael Schroeder's "Man in the Chair," for which Mr. Plummer was named Best Actor at the
Palm Beach International Film Festival; and
Michael Mann's "The Insider," as
For his portrayal of novelist Leo Tolstoy, opposite
Helen Mirren, in "The Last Station," written and directed by
Michael Hoffman, Mr. Plummer received Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Spirit Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
Most recently, he was seen starring alongside
Ewan McGregor in writer/director
Mike Mills acclaimed comedy/drama "Beginners."
He again stars as the legendary John Barrymore in the feature "Barrymore," directed and adapted by
Erik Canuel from the William Luce play for which Mr. Plummer won a Tony Award. The film recently premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Next he will star with
Daniel Craig and
Rooney Mara in
David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," due out in
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITTJoseph Gordon-Levitt will next be seen in "50/50," a comedy directed by
Jonathan Levine that stars
Anna Kendrick and
Bryce Dallas Howard. He will then star in the action thriller "Premium Rush," directed by
David Koepp, who also co-wrote the script. He recently wrapped production on "Looper," for which he reunited with his "Brick" director,
Rian Johnson, and will star opposite
Bruce Willis and
Emily Blunt. He is currently in production on "The Dark Knight Rises," the third and final installment in the Batman series, which will be directed by
Christopher Nolan. Gordon-Levitt was also recently cast as
Robert Todd Lincoln in the film "Lincoln" alongside
Daniel Day-Lewis and
Tommy Lee Jones, which will be directed by
Gordon-Levitt's additional film credits include
Christopher Nolan's Academy Award-nominated action-drama "Inception," "Hesher," "(500) Days of Summer," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," "Miracle at St. Anna," "Stop-Loss," "The Lookout," "Killshot," "Shadowboxer," "Brick; "Mysterious Skin," and "Manic. Early in his career, Gordon-Levitt won a
Young Artist Award for his first major role, in
Robert Redford's drama "A River Runs Through It." He went on to co-star in "Angels in the Outfield," "The Juror," "
Halloween H20," and "10 Things I Hate About You."
JESSICA CHASTAINJessica Chastain recently co-starred in "The Tree of Life," this year's Palme d'Or winner at
Cannes, written and directed by
Terrence Malick and starring
Brad Pitt and
Sean Penn, "The Help" written and directed by
Tate Taylor, in which she co-stars with
Bryce Dallas Howard,
Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly,
Cicely Tyson and
Mike Vogel, as well as "The Debt" with
Helen Mirren and
Sam Worthington. She will next be seen in the feature films "Coriolanus," directed by and co-starring
Ralph Fiennes, "The Wettest County" opposite
Tom Hardy and
Shia LaBeouf, and "Take Shelter" co-starring with
the Juilliard School where she starred in "Romeo and Juliet." At the senior class Juilliard showcase, Chastain landed a coveted talent deal with Emmy Award-winning executive producer and writer
John Wells. After completing a pilot for Wells and director
P.J. Hogan, Chastain returned to the stage in the Los Angeles Wadsworth Theatre production of "Salome," where director
Estelle Parsons and
Al Pacino cast Chastain to play the title role of Salome opposite Pacino. Continuing the collaboration, she starred in the recent film version, "Wilde Salome," directed by Pacino. Chastain's work in "Salome" received enormous critical attention and led to her being cast in the dynamic title role in "Jolene" directed by
Dan Ireland. The film also stars
Dermot Mulroney and
Michael Vartan. Chastain won the Best Actress Award at the 2008
Seattle Film Festival for this role.
FELICITY JONESFelicity Jones earned a Special Jury Award for acting when "Like Crazy" debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. She reunites with
Drake Doremus for his follow-up, a currently untitled film she is shooting in
New York with
Guy Pearce and
Amy Ryan. Jones also recently completed several additional projects including "Hysteria," with
Hugh Dancy and
Rupert Everett; "This Beautiful Fantastic," directed by
Joel Hopkins and written by
Simon Aboud; and "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding," directed by
Donald Rice based on Julia Strachey's 1932 novella, with
Elizabeth McGovern and
Additional film credits include the following: Page 8, a thriller by award-winning director
David Hare; The Chalet Girl, a romantic comedy with
Ed Westwick, Bill Nighy and
Julie Taymor's film adaptation of
William Shakespeare's The Tempest, also starring Dame
Ben Whishaw and
Alfred Molina; Albatross, directed by
Niall MacCormick and co-starring
Julia Ormond; Cemetery Junction, a comedy written and directed by the award-winning partnership of
Ricky Gervais and
Stephen Merchant, alongside a stellar cast including
Emily Watson and
Matthew Goode; Soulboy, a coming-of-age drama directed by Shimmy Marcus; Cheri, directed by
Stephen Frears, co-starring
Kathy Bates and
Rupert Friend; Brideshead Revisited, directed by
Julian Jarrold, opposite
Ben Whishaw and
Hayley Atwell; and Flashbacks Of A Fool, with
Harry Eden, rapper Eve,
Keeley Hawes and
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