Hollywood Film Awards: Kudos for Tom Hooper, Benicio Del Toro, Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander and Straight Outta Compton Breakout Ensemble

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dick clark productions announced today that Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper will be honored with the “Hollywood Director Award,” for The Danish Girl; Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award,” for Sicario; Academy Award-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan will receive the “New Hollywood Award” for Brooklyn; the Swedish actress Alicia Vikander will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Actress Award,” for The Danish Girl; and the principal cast of the box-office smash “Straight Outta Compton,” Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Jason Mitchell will be honored with the “Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award.” The “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards” will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. Honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins.

Alicia Vikander The Danish Girl

Hooper will be recognized for his work on Focus Feature’s “The Danish Girl,” starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. The film takes place around the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe (Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Vikander). Vikander also starred in this year’s extremely successful “Ex Machina” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer.

Del Toro will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for his work in Lionsgate’s “Sicario,” also starring Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin. Del Toro has earned critical accolades throughout his career, winning an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic” as well as an Oscar® nomination for his work in Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu’s “21 Grams.”

“New Hollywood Award” recipient Saoirse Ronan will be recognized this year for her performance in Fox Searchlight’s “Brooklyn.” Ronan portrays a young woman in the 1950’s, choosing her fate between her home country or a new life.

In addition to starring in Hooper’s acclaimed film “The Danish Girl,” “Hollywood Breakout Actress” Alicia Vikander also starred in this year’s extremely successful “Ex Machina” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer.

Straight Outta Compton

The “Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award” will be accepted by “Straight Outta Compton” cast members Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins and O’Shea Jackson Jr., who play the three founding members of the legendary hip hop group known as N.W.A. The film, based on the true story of one of rap’s first music groups, had massive success this year at the box office and with critics.


It was previously announced that Robert De Niro will receive this year’s “Hollywood Career Achievement Award,” Furious 7 will receive the “Hollywood Blockbuster Award,” Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth will receive “Hollywood Song Award” for their hit “See You Again” off the Furious 7 soundtrack, and Asif Kapadia will receive the “Hollywood Documentary Award” for Amy. Other honorees include Janusz Kaminski (Bridge of Spies) for “Hollywood Cinematography Award,” Alexandre Desplat (The Danish Girl, Suffragette) for “Hollywood Film Composer Award,” David Rosenbloom (Black Mass) for “Hollywood Editing Award,” Tim Alexander (Jurassic World) for “Hollywood Visual Effects Award,” Gary Rydstrom (Bridge of Spies) for “Hollywood Sound Award,” Sandy Powell (Cinderella) for “Hollywood Costume Designer Award,” Lelsey Vanderwalt (Mad Max: Fury Road) for “Hollywood Make Up & Hair Styling Award,” and Colin Gobson (Mad Max: Fury Road) for “Hollywood Production Design Award.” More honorees are set to be announced at a later date.

Tom Hooper won an Academy Award for directing The King’s Speech. The 2010 film also won the Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), and Best Original Screenplay Oscars. Mr. Hooper also won a Directors Guild of America Award for his direction. Mr. Hooper was recently again a Directors Guild of America Award nominee for directing Working Title Films? Les Misérables. The 2012 film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won the Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway), Best Sound and Best Make-up and Hair Styling Academy Awards. Mr. Hooper had an unprecedented run of success at the Golden Globe Awards with his works for HBO, which won the Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television three years in a row. The actors and actresses starring in these productions, respectively, Elizabeth I, Longford, and John Adams, also won Golden Globes for their performances three years running. Mr. Hooper won an Emmy Award for directing Elizabeth I, which starred Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons. The HBO Films/Channel 4 miniseries won three Golden Globes and nine Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries. Longford starred Jim Broadbent and Samantha Morton. The HBO Films/Channel 4 telefilm won three Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for five Emmy Awards. John Adams, starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney, won four Golden Globes and 13 Emmy Awards, the most Emmys ever awarded to a program in one year. Mr. Hooper, receiving his first Directors Guild of America Award nomination, directed all nine hours of the HBO Films miniseries. Among his other features as director are The Damned United, starring Michael Sheen; and Red Dust, starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Del Toro’s previous works include Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice; Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Enterprises Sci-Fi action film Guardians of the Galaxy; Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P; Joe Johnston’s The Wolfman; Oliver Stone’s Savages; the film adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel Sin City, directed by Robert Rodriquez; Peter Weir’s Fearless; George Huang’s Swimming with Sharks; Abel Ferrara’s The Funeral; Guy Ritchie’s Snatch; Sean Penn’s The Indian Runner and The Pledge; Christopher McQuarrie’s The Way of the Gun; William Friedkin’s The Hunted; Susanne Bier’s Things We Lost in the Fire starring opposite Halle Berry and as Dr. Gonzo in Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Del Toro made his motion picture debut in John Glen’s License to Kill opposite Timothy Dalton’s James Bond and has earned critical acclaim for his performances ever since. In addition to winning an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, his performance also garnered a Golden Globe®, a Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA Awards, the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as citations from the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics, and the Chicago Film Critics Association. His work in 21 Grams also earned Del Toro the Audience Award for Best Actor at the 2003 Venice International Film Festival. He earned Independent Spirit Awards for his performances as Fred Fenster in Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects; Benny Dalmau in Julian Schnabel’s Basquiat and most recently for best ensemble in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. Born in Puerto Rico, Del Toro grew up in Pennsylvania. He attended the University of California at San Diego, where he appeared in numerous student productions, one of which led to his performing at a drama festival at the Lafayette Theater in New York. Del Toro studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory under the tutelage of Arthur Mendoza.

Saoirse Ronan (Eilis Lacey) is best known for her starring role in the feature film ATONEMENT, directed by Joe Wright, in which she starred opposite Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. Ronan was 13 years old when she earned an Oscar nomination as well as Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for the critically-acclaimed performance. Ronan is currently in production on the movie adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL directed by Michael Mayer. She stars opposite Annette Bening and Corey Stoll based on the play of the same name.
Recently, Ronan was seen in Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. The film also starred Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Jude Law, Bill Murray and Edward Norton. She also starred in STOCKHOLM, PENNSYLVANIA directed by Nikole Beckwith and also starring Cynthia Nixon which screened at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
In Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, LOST RIVER, Ronan starred opposite Christina Hendricks. The film held its premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. In 2013, she starred in Open Road Films’ THE HOST, the film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s popular novel. She also lent her voice in JUSTIN AND THE KNIGHTS OF VALOUR, an animation film directed by Manuel Sicilia which also stars Antonio Banderas. She was also seen in HOW I LIVE NOW, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. Directed by Kevin Macdonald, Ronan played the lead role of ‘Daisy’ opposite George MacKay, Tom Holland, and Harley Bird. Ronan was also seen in BYZANTIUM starring opposite Gemma Arterton and directed by Neil Jordan which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2012. Ronan was seen in 2010 starring in Focus Features’ action-thriller HANNA, directed by Joe Wright. Ronan played the title character, a teenage girl trained from birth to be an assassin. The cast includes Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana. She was also seen in THE WAY BACK, directed by Peter Weir and starring Ed Harris, Colin Farrell and Jim Sturgess. Inspired by Slavomir Rawicz’s novel The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom, the film tells the story of a small group of multi-national prisoners who escaped a Siberian gulag in 1940 and made their way across five countries. In 2009, she starred in THE LOVELY BONES, directed by Peter Jackson, and based on the popular novel. Ronan was honored for the performance by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and was nominated for a BAFTA Award in the Leading Actress category. 38
Among her previous credits are VIOLET & DAISY; CITY OF EMBER, starring Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, and Toby Jones; Amy Heckerling’s I COULD NEVER BE YOUR WOMAN, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd; Bill Clark’s THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY; and Gillian Armstrong’s DEATH DEFYING ACTS, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Guy Pearce. Ronan currently resides in Ireland with her parents Monica and Paul.

One of the most promising actors of her generations, Alicia Vikander has been a talent to watch in cinema over the past five years, gaining international recognition. Her breakthrough performance was in Lisa Langseth’s Pure, which brought her a Guldbagge Award (Sweden’s official film award, given annually since 1964 by the Swedish Film Institute), also known as the Golden Bug Award, for Best Actress. Following Pure, she starred in Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Director Joe Wright then cast her in his bold theatrical vision of Anna Karenina, for Working Title Films and Focus Features. Her recent films have been notable for the range of her characterizations. She incarnated the next frontier of female artificial intelligence in Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, which generated box office and critical attention in both the U.S. and the U.K., and took on the role of real-life antiwar activist and author Vera Brittain in James Kent’s WWI-set Testament of Youth, and was a British Independent Film Award nominee for Best Actress. Her upcoming movies include Derek Cianfrance’s drama The Light Between Oceans; Justin Chadwick’s 17-century-set romance Tulip Fever; and Paul Greengrass’ new action thriller, opposite Matt Damon as Jason Bourne

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels’ armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent, stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

COREY HAWKINS can currently be seen starring as iconic music producer and hip hop legend Dr. Dre in F. Gary Gray’s N.W.A. biopic STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON for Universal. The film spent three consecutive weeks in the #1 spot at the box office and has become the highest-grossing music biopic in history. Corey is now filming Legendary’s KONG: SKULL ISLAND starring opposite Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and Samuel L. Jackson. Corey will next be seen on TV as the newest cast member of AMC’s mega-hit show THE WALKING DEAD in which he stars as Heath, a major character from the comic series. Corey’s film credits include Universal Pictures’ NON-STOP opposite Liam Neeson as well as WINTER’S TALE for Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios’ IRON MAN 3. On stage, Corey most recently starred on Broadway as Tybalt in David Leveaux’s revival of Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET opposite Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad. Corey is a graduate of The Juilliard School’s drama program and is a recipient of the prestigious John Houseman Prize, given to one Juilliard student that has demonstrated exceptional ability in classical theater.

O’SHEA JACKSON, JR. made his acting debut in Straight Outta Compton in the role of a lifetime, portraying his father, O’Shea Jackson, better known as Ice Cube. The charismatic 23-year-old Jackson resides in Los Angeles and plans to continue his acting career.

Over only the last five years, JASON MITCHELL has steadily been building a reputation as an actor on the rise. This summer Mitchell was seen playing the iconic “Eazy E” in Universal’s N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton beating out competition from around the country for the coveted role. Jason will next reunite with his Straight Outta Compton co-star Corey Hawkins, as well as Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson, to battle King Kong in Warner Bros’ Skull Island. He recently shot the independent feature Vincent & Roxxy opposite Emile Hirsch, Zoe Kravitz, and Zoey Deutch. He also will be seen in New Line’s upcoming stolen cat comedy, Keanu, alongside Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Will Forte.

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