January 03, 2015
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Hollywood Movie Awards – Vote for Your Favorite Online!

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today the nominees for this year’s “Hollywood Movie Awards®.” The winner will be decided by the public voting at Entertainment Tonight ‘s website – ETonline.com. The winner will be announced at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala show on Monday evening, October 21st, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
This year’s nominees for the “Hollywood Movie Awards®” are: “The Conjuring” by James Wan, “Despicable Me 2” by Pierre Coffin, “Elysium” by Neill Blomkamp, “Fast and Furious 6” by Justin Lin, “The Hangover 3” by Todd Phillips, “Iron Man 3” by Shane Black, “Man of Steel” by Zack Snyder, “Monsters University” by Dan Scanlon, “Pacific Rim” by Guillermo del Toro, “Star Trek: Into Darkness” by JJ Abrams, “The Wolverine” by James Mangold, and “World War Z” by Marc Foster.
The 2013 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will be honoring the prolific and legendary producer Jerry Weintraub with the “Hollywood Legend Award,” Academy award-nominated actor Harrison Ford with this year’s “Hollywood Career Achievement Award,” actor Matthew McConaughey with the “Hollywood Actor Award,” Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock with the “Hollywood Actress Award,” Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal with the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award,” Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts with the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award,” the cast of “August: Osage County,” Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, and Misty Upham with the “Hollywood Ensemble Award,” actor Jared Leto with the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Award” for “Dallas Buyers Club,” actress Lupita Nyong’o with the “New Hollywood Award” for “12 Year A Slave,” actor Michael B. Jordan for “Fruitvale Station,” actor David Oyelowo for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” and actress Sophie Nelisse for “The Book Thief” with the “Hollywood Spotlight Awards,” director Steve McQueen with the “Hollywood Breakout Director Award,” producer Michael De Luca with the “Hollywood Producer Award,” and screenwriters Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater with the “Hollywood Screenwriter Award.” Other honorees include director Dan Scalon for “Monsters University” with the “Hollywood Animation Award,” and the movie “Pacific Rim” for visual effects.
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE NOW AT ETonline.com
The Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 21, 2013.
The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers, […]

Michael B. Jordan, Sophie Nelisse, and David Oyelowo to be honored with “The Hollywood Spotlight Awards”

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that the recipients of this year’s “Hollywood Spotlight Awards” are Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”), Sophie Nelisse (“The Book Thief”), and David Oyelowo (“Lee Daniel’s The Butler’). The honor will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21st, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“We are very excited that we will be able to recognize acting talents that are on their road to discovery and stardom,” said Carlos de Abreu.
The 2013 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will be honoring the prolific and legendary producer Jerry Weintraub with the “Hollywood Legend Award,” Academy award-nominated actor Harrison Ford with this year’s “Hollywood Career Achievement Award,” actor Matthew McConaughey with the “Hollywood Actor Award,” Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock with the “Hollywood Actress Award,” Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal with the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award,” Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts with the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award,” the cast of “August: Osage County,” Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, and Misty Upham with the “Hollywood Ensemble Award,” actor Jared Leto with the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Award” for “Dallas Buyers Club,” actress Lupita Nyong’o with the “New Hollywood Award” for “12 Year A Slave,” director Lee Daniels with the “Hollywood Director Award,” director Steve McQueen with the “Hollywood Breakout Director Award,” producer Michael De Luca with the “Hollywood Producer Award,” and screenwriters Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater with the “Hollywood Screenwriter Award.” Other honorees include director Dan Scalon for “Monsters University” with the “Hollywood Animation Award,” and the movie “Pacific Rim” for visual effects.
ABOUT MICHAEL B. JORDAN
Michael B. Jordan portrays ‘Oscar Grant’ in his latest film, FRUITVALE STATION (dir. Ryan Coogler). which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to raving reviews winning the “Grand Jury Prize” and “Audience Award.” The film also premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the award for “Best First Film”.
Next, Michael can be seen in Tom Gormican’s THAT AWKWARD MOMENT starring opposite Zac Efron, Imogen Poots and Miles Teller which is being released January 31, 2014. In 2012 alone, he starred in 20th Century Fox’s box office hit CHRONICLE (dir. Josh Trank).
ABOUT SOPHIE NELISSE
SOPHIE NÉLISSE (Liesel) is best known for her Genie Award-winning performance […]

The Cast of “August: Osage County” to be Honored with the Hollywood Ensemble Award at the Hollywood Film Awards

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that the cast of “August: Osage County,” directed by John Wells, will be honored with the “Hollywood Ensemble Award”. The honor will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21st, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“We are very proud to recognize the ensemble cast of “August: Osage County,” for their dramatic and outstanding performances,” said de Abreu.
The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers, and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance. Past Hollywood Ensemble Award honorees have included the cast of “Argo,” “The Social Network,” and “The Help.”
The 2013 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will be honoring the prolific and legendary producer Jerry Weintraub with the “Hollywood Legend Award,” Academy award-nominated actor Harrison Ford with this year’s “Hollywood Career Achievement Award,” actor Matthew McConaughey with the “Hollywood Actor Award,” Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock with the “Hollywood Actress Award,” Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal with the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award,” Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts with the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award,” actor Jared Leto with the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Award” for “Dallas Buyers Club,” actress Lupita Nyong’o with the “New Hollywood Award” for “12 Year A Slave,” director Lee Daniels with the “Hollywood Director Award,” director Steve McQueen with the “Hollywood Breakout Director Award,” producer Michael De Luca with the “Hollywood Producer Award,” and screenwriters Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater with the “Hollywood Screenwriter Award.” Other honorees include director Dan Scalon for “Monsters University” with the “Hollywood Animation Award,” and the movie “Pacific Rim” for visual effects.
Last year’s awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
ABOUT “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY”
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run and was the winner […]

Lee Daniels, director of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” to be feted with the “Hollywood Director Award” at Hollywood Film Awards

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that director Lee Daniels will be honored with the “Hollywood Director Award.” The honor will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21st, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“It’s a great honor for us to recognize Lee’s outstanding work with this top directing honor of the year. His tremendous vision and versatility provides us with films that are both critical and box office successes,” said de Abreu.
The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers, and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance. Past “Hollywood Director Award” honorees have included Kathryn Bigelow, Clint Eastwood, Marc Foster, Tom Hooper, Ron Howard, Michael Mann, Sam Mendes, Bennett Miller, Martin Scorsese, and Olive Stone among others.

The 2013 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will be honoring the prolific and legendary producer Jerry Weintraub with the “Hollywood Legend Award,” Academy award-nominated actor Harrison Ford with this year’s “Hollywood Career Achievement Award,” actor Matthew McConaughey with the “Hollywood Actor Award,” Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock with the “Hollywood Actress Award,” Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal with the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award,” Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts with the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award,” actor Jared Leto with the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Award” for “Dallas Buyers Club,” actress Lupita Nyong’o with the “New Hollywood Award” for “12 Year A Slave,” actor David Oyelowo for “Lee Daniels The Butler,” director Steve McQueen with the “Hollywood Breakout Director Award,” producer Michael De Luca with the “Hollywood Producer Award,” and screenwriters Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater with the “Hollywood Screenwriter Award.” Other honorees include director Dan Scalon for “Monsters University” with the “Hollywood Animation Award,” and the movie “Pacific Rim” for visual effects.
The Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 21, 2013.
The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers, and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.
Last year’s awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
ABOUT LEE DANIELS
Lee Daniels is perhaps best known for his Academy Award winning film PRECIOUS: […]

Matthew McConaughey of “Dallas Buyers Club” to receive “Hollywood Actor Award”

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that Matthew McConaughey, who starred this year to critical acclaim in Roadside Attractions’ “Mud” and Focus Features’ “Dallas Buyers Club,” will be honored with the Hollywood Actor Award. The honor will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21st, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“Already acclaimed for his risk-taking work, Matthew McConaughey now achieves a career-defining performance portraying Ron Woodroof in ‘Dallas Buyers Club.’ It is a privilege to honor him for this role and celebrate his achievement,” said Mr. de Abreu.
The 2013 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will be honoring the prolific and legendary producer Jerry Weintraub with the “Hollywood Legend Award,” Academy award-nominated actor Harrison Ford with this year’s “Hollywood Career Achievement Award,” Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock with the “Hollywood Actress Award,” Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal with the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award,” Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts with the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award,” actor Jared Leto with the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Award” for “Dallas Buyers Club,” actress Lupita Nyong’o with the “New Hollywood Award” for “12 Year A Slave,” director Steve McQueen with the “Hollywood Breakout Director Award,” producer Michael De Luca with the “Hollywood Producer Award,” and screenwriters Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater with the “Hollywood Screenwriters Award.” Other honorees include director Dan Scalon for “Monsters University” with the “Hollywood Animation Award,” and the movie “Pacific Rim” for visual effects.
The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers, and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance. Previous recipients of the Hollywood Actor Awards include Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Richard Gere, Robert Duvall, Robert De Niro, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Joaquin Phoenix, and Forest Whitaker, among others.
Last year’s awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
ABOUT MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY
Texas native Matthew McConaughey is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men. A chance meeting in Austin with casting director and producer Don Phillips led him to director Richard Linklater, who launched the actor’s career in the cult classic “Dazed and Confused.” Since then, he has appeared in over 40 feature films that have grossed over $1 billion; and has become […]

12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen and supporting actress Lupita Nyong’o to be honored at Hollywood Film Awards

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” director, Steve McQueen will be honored with the “Hollywood Breakout Director Award,” and actress Lupita Nyong’o will receive the “New Hollywood Award” for her great performance. The awards will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“We look forward to celebrating this exceptionally talented director and actress for their outstanding work and creative vision,” said de Abreu.

Steve McQueen is a British artist and filmmaker. In 2008, McQueen’s critically acclaimed first feature HUNGER won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival among countless other international prizes. He followed with 2011’s incendiary film experience, SHAME, a provocative drama about addiction and secrecy in the modern world. The film received numerous accolades and awards with McQueen winning the CinemAvvenire Award and FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice Film Festival as well as nominations from BAFTA, the British Independent Film Awards, the London Film Festival, Evening Standard British Film Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards.
In 1996, McQueen was the recipient of an ICA Futures Award, in 1998 he won a DAAD artist’s scholarship to Berlin and in 1999 – besides exhibiting at the ICA and at the Kunsthalle in Zürich – he also won the Turner Prize. McQueen has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Documenta (2002 and 2007) and at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 where he represented Britain. His work is held in museum collections around the world including Tate, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Centre Pompidou.
In 2003, he was appointed Official War Artist for the Iraq war by the Imperial War Museum and subsequently produced the poignant and controversial project Queen and Country, which commemorated the deaths of British soldiers who died in the Iraq War by presenting their portraits as a sheet of stamps. In 2002, he was awarded the OBE and the CBE in 2011.
Born in London in 1969, McQueen lives and works in Amsterdam and London.
This winter, Lupita Nyong’o will co-star alongside Liam Neeson, Michelle Dockery and Julianne Moore in the thriller NON-STOP. This film is slated for a February 28, 2014 […]

Jared Leto to receive “Hollywood Breakout Performance Award” at the Hollywood Film Awards

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that Jared Leto of Focus Features’ “Dallas Buyers Club” will be honored with the Hollywood Breakout Performance Award. The honor will be bestowed at the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21st, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“Jared’s portrayal of Rayon in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ is infused with humanity and bravery, and is nothing short of a revelation. This is an exceptional tour-de-force of acting,” said de Abreu.
The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers, and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance. Past Hollywood Breakout Performance Award honorees have included Jamie Foxx, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Naomi Watts.
Last year’s awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
ABOUT JARED LETO
Jared Leto is an actor, musician, and director. His work as an actor has encompassed a host of intense and transformative performances. These have included his portrayals in “Requiem for a Dream”; “Prefontaine,” as real-life athlete Steve Prefontaine; “Chapter 27,” for which he won the Audience Award for “Best Performance” at the 2007 Zurich Film Festival; “Fight Club”; “Panic Room”; “American Psycho”; “Lord of War”; “Alexander”; “Lonely Hearts”; “Girl, Interrupted”; “The Thin Red Line”; and “Mr. Nobody.”
He was recently honored with a Gotham Independent Film Award for his documentary feature “Artifact,” which he produced with Emma Ludbrook; “Artifact” won the Gothams’ Audience Award. The movie also won the People’s Choice award, for documentaries, at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Mr. Leto directed “Artifact” under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins. Also under that name, he directs music videos for his multi-platinum-selling rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for the band, which includes Mr. Leto, his brother Shannon Leto, and Tomo Milicevic.
Thirty Seconds to Mars has released four studio records, including 2013’s “Love Lust
Faith + Dreams.” Among their rock radio hits have been the songs “This Is War” and “Kings and Queens.” The band has circled the globe in sold-out shows, playing over 300 shows in nearly 60 countries on six continents to 3 million people, thereby breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest-ever concert tour by a rock band. Thirty […]

Jake Gyllenhaal to be honored with the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award at the Hollywood Film Awards

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that Academy Award®-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal will be honored with this year’s Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for his extraordinary work in Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed thriller “Prisoners.” The award will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“We are thrilled to present the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award to Jake Gyllenhaal for his unforgettable performance in ‘Prisoners,’” said de Abreu. “His is a truly compelling, subtly layered portrayal of a man tasked with the impossible and driven by the demons of his own past. Jake has given a myriad of outstanding performances throughout his career, but his work in ‘Prisoners’ delivers a new level of complexity, as reflected in the rave reviews the film has received.”
Jake Gyllenhaal received Oscar® and Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations, and won the BAFTA and National Board of Review Awards, for his performance in Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain.” He also earned a Golden Globe nomination for his leading role in Edward Zwick’s “Love and Other Drugs.” Gyllenhaal has worked with some of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers, starring in both independent and studio films, including Richard Kelly’s cult hit “Donnie Darko”; Sam Mendes’ “Jarhead”; Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers”; David Fincher’s “Zodiac”; John Madden’s “Proof”; Miguel Arteta’s “The Good Girl”; Brad Silberling’s “Moonlight Mile”; Nicole Holofcener’s “Lovely and Amazing”; and Joe Johnston’s “October Sky.” More recently, he starred in Duncan Jones’s critically acclaimed sci-fi thriller “Source Code,” and David Ayer’s “End of Watch,” and will next be seen in a dual role in Villeneuve’s “Enemy.” The actor will also star in and produce the crime drama “Nightcrawler,” written and directed by Dan Gilroy, followed by “Everest,” for director Baltasar Kormákur.
“Prisoners” is an edge-of-your-seat dramatic thriller that poses the question: How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The best lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police […]

Sandra Bullock to be honored with the “Hollywood Actress Award” at the “Hollywood Film Awards”

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that Academy Award®-winning actress Sandra Bullock will be honored with this year’s Hollywood Actress Award for her riveting performance in Alfonso Cuarón’s acclaimed dramatic thriller “Gravity.” The award will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“We are honored to present the Hollywood Actress Award to Sandra Bullock for her outstanding work in ‘Gravity,’” said de Abreu. “Holding the screen alone for a large part of the film, she delivers a stunning and emotionally layered performance that shows once again why she is one of Hollywood’s most respected and popular actresses.”
Sandra Bullock won an Oscar® for Best Actress for her performance in the true-life drama “The Blind Side,” for which she also took home Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. In addition, she has been Golden Globe-nominated for Best Actress for her work in the comedies “The Proposal,” “Miss Congeniality” and “While You Were Sleeping.” She more recently starred in the smash hit comedy “Heat” and the Oscar®-nominated drama “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” Bullock has also earned plaudits for her memorable roles in such diverse films as “Infamous,” “Crash,” “Two Weeks’ Notice,” “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” “28 Days,” “Practical Magic,” “Hope Floats,” “The Net,” and “Speed,” among many others.
“Gravity” is a heart-pounding thriller set in the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
The film was written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman. Chris deFaria, Nikki Penny and Stephen Jones served as executive producers.

The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers and […]

“Monsters University” and “Pacific Rim” take Hollywood Film Awards Honors

The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards announced today that Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters University,” directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, will be the recipient of the Hollywood Animation Award, and Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures “Pacific Rim” visual effects supervisor John Knoll will receive the “Hollywood Visual Effects Award” at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the Hollywood Film Awards. He said: “John Knoll’s groundbreaking work on Pacific Rim sets a new standard in visual effects. The robots and monsters in the film truly come to life through the best visual effects of the year. Once again, the animation and storytelling of “Monsters University” reflects Pixar’s creativity and greatness.”

The award will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last ten years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said de Abreu.
Last year’s awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
About Dan Scalon
Dan Scanlon made his animated feature directorial debut with Disney/Pixar’s 14th feature film, “Monsters University,” which has grossed over $700 million dollars worldwide since its June 2013 release. He also co-wrote the film’s story and screenplay. As a youngster in Clawson, Michigan, Scanlon possessed a love for Warner Bros. cartoons, animated Disney films and, as fate would have it, Pixar short films. His passion inspired him to study film and animation in high school and in college where he focused on illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). Upon graduating from CCAD, Scanlon began working as an animator and story artist for Character Builders, a 2D animation company that produced feature and commercial work in Columbus, Ohio. Scanlon joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2001 as a storyboard artist on Disney/Pixar’s award-winning features “Cars” and “Toy Story 3.” During the initial production stages for both films, he worked to translate the director’s story ideas into […]

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