Sept. 28, 2011
/PRNewswire/ -- The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, are pleased to announce that Academy Award-nominated actress
will be honored with the "Hollywood Actress Award," at the festival's Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place
October 24, 2011
, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in
The announcement was made today by
Carlos de Abreu
, Founder and Executive Director of the
Film Festival. "It is a privilege to honor
for her excellent talent and remarkable career," said Mr. de Abreu.
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 that they will honor Academy Award-nominated actor
with the "Hollywood Supporting Actor Award" for "Beginners," actor
with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award" for "50/50," actress
with the "
Breakthrough Actress Award" for "The Tree of Life," "Coriolanus," "The Debt," "The Help," and "Take Shelter," and actress
with the "New Hollywood Award" for "Crazy Love." Other honorees include the cast of "The Help" (
Bryce Dallas Howard
, Ahna O'Reilly,
), Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, Editor
, Production Designer James Murakami, and Visual Effects Supervisor
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.
' performances have established her as one of
's most sought-after and respected actors earning her two Academy Award® nominations.
Williams was last seen in
's BLUE VALENTINE opposite
. Williams' captivating performance earned her an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress as well as Golden Globe and Broadcast Film Critics Association nominations and her fourth Independent Spirit Award nomination.
This fall, Williams takes on the iconic
in MY WEEK WITH MARILYN opposite
. The film will be released by The Weinstein Company on
November 4, 2011
. She will star opposite
's TAKE THIS WALTZ, which made its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
Williams is currently in production on Sam Raimi's OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, opposite
, where she stars as Glinda the Good Witch.
Williams' performance in
's BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, released in 2005, earned her a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award as well as an Independent Spirit Award, SAG, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award® nomination for "Best Supporting Actress." Following, Williams was nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award for "Best Actress" for her performance in
' LAND OF PLENTY. In her first collaboration with
on her critically acclaimed independent film WENDY AND LUCY, Williams' moving and evocative performance as "Wendy" garnered a Toronto Film Critics Award for "Best Actress" in 2009 and her third Independent Spirit Award Nomination.
In 2004, Williams shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with her fellow actors for
's THE STATION AGENT for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture." In 2005, Williams was honored by the Motion Picture Club as "Female Star of Tomorrow."
Williams' other film credits include her second collaboration with director
's MEEK'S CUTOFF, Martin Scorcese's SHUTTER ISLAND,
' I'M NOT THERE,
's THE HOTTEST STATE,
's ME WITHOUT YOU, and
On television, Williams starred opposite
's HBO movie IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK 2. She also had a six-year run as "
" on the WB's hit television series DAWSON'S CREEK. The series premiered in 1998 and remained one of the WB's top-rated shows throughout its run.
On stage, Williams received glowing reviews for her portrayal of Varya in Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. She also achieved critical acclaim for her run in
's SMELLING A RAT at the Samuel Beckett Theatre and her off-Broadway debut in KILLER JOE.
The festival and awards will mark their return on
for a week long series of screenings, competitions and awards. The Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in
October 24, 2011
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