HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, are pleased to announce that five-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close will be honored with the "Hollywood Career Achievement Award" at the festival's Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place October 24, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival. "It is a privilege to honor and to celebrate Glenn Close's extraordinary talent and remarkable career," said Mr. de Abreu.
The Hollywood Film Awards Gala launches the awards season and 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 actress Michelle Williams with the "Hollywood Actress Award" for "My Week with Marilyn," Academy Award-nominated actor Christopher Plummer with the "Hollywood Supporting Actor Award" for "Beginners," actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award" for "50/50," actress Jessica Chastain with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Actress Award" for "The Tree of Life," "Coriolanus," "The Debt," "The Help," and "Take Shelter," and actress Felicity Jones with the "New Hollywood Award" for "Crazy Love." Other honorees include the cast of "The Help" ( Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel), 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. About Glenn Close: Five-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close enjoys a career that has spanned every medium from film to television to the stage. She next stars as the title character in " Albert Nobbs" alongside a distinguished cast that includes Janet McTeer, Mia Wasikowska, and Brendan Gleeson. A passion project of Close's for nearly 20 years, " Albert Nobbs" is directed by Rodrigo Garcia with whom Close has worked two previous times ("Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" and "Nine Lives"). In addition to writing the screenplay with John Banville, Close also served as producer of the film, which earned her raves at the 2011 Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. Close made her feature film debut in George Roy Hill's "The World According to Garp," for which she received her first Academy Award nomination. She was subsequently honored with Oscar nominations for her performances in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill," Barry Levinson's "The Natural," Adrian Lyne's "Fatal Attraction," and Stephen Frears' "Dangerous Liaisons." Her other films include "Jagged Edge," "Reversal of Fortune," "Hamlet," "Meeting Venus," "The Paper," "101 Dalmatians," "102 Dalmatians," "Air Force One," "Cookie's Fortune," "The Safety of Objects," "Le Divorce," "Heights," and "Evening."