Hollywood Film Awards: Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Jason Mitchell to receive the Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award for “Straight Outta Compton”

Straight Outta Compton
There’s something really cool about watching a group of young actors really crash the party in Hollywood. With the film Straight Outta Compton, a trio of new careers have been launched and the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards has seen fit to honor Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Jason Mitchell with the Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award. Individually, they might have trouble cracking an Oscar lineup, but together they’re definitely a breakout ensemble, so this is a great citation. The Hollywood Film Awards are among the first groups to honor Hawkins, Jackson Jr., and Mitchell, but I suspect that they won’t be the last when all is said and done with their budding careers in the business…

Here’s part of the press release once again announcing this honor:

dick clark productions announced today that 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.

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.

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.

Congrats again to the cast of Straight Outta Compton!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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