The Avengers to be Honored with Hollywood Film Award
In 2011, he produced the most successful R-rated female comedy of all time, Bridesmaids, which received Oscar® nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Melissa McCarthy), as well as numerous other awards. Apatow is currently in production on the HBO series Girls, and recently produced The Five-Year Engagement, the latest comedy from director Nicholas Stoller.
John Hawkes has been working non-stop since his critically acclaimed performance as Teardrop in Winter's Bone, the role which earned him an Independent Spirit Award win and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Next, Hawkes will be seen in Ben Lewin's The Sessions, the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined - at age 38 - to lose his virginity. He also recently completed production on Lincoln, Arcadia and The Playroom.
Hawkes' additional film credits include Higher Ground, Contagion, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Me and You and Everyone We Know, American Gangster, Miami Vice, Identity, The Perfect Storm, Small Town Saturday Night, Hardball, Wristcutters: A Love Story, The Amateurs, From Dusk Till Dawn, and A Slipping-Down Life. On the small screen, Hawkes starred as Sol Star in HBO's critically lauded drama Deadwood and now plays Danny McBride's brother Dustin in the comedy Eastbound and Down.
At the age of five, Quvenzhané Wallis, a Louisiana native, was cast as the lead in Benh Zeitlin's critically acclaimed feature film Beasts of the Southern Wild. Her portrayal of Hushpuppy, a young girl growing up in the flood plagued bayous of Louisiana, is being recognized as one of the best performances by a child actor in over a decade. The film went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and the Caméra d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Wallis recently wrapped production on Steve McQueen's highly anticipated film Twelve Years A Slave, in which she will play the daughter of a man kidnapped from New York City in the early 1800s and sold into slavery.
Wally Pfister's ascent as a director of photography began when he shot Christopher Nolan's Memento in 1999. That work earned him a Spirit award nomination for cinematography. Since then, he has joined the ranks of the top Hollywood cinematographers, earning 3 Academy Award nominations, and one win for his work. The first nomination came for 2005s Batman Begins, for which he was also honored, by his peers, with an American Society of Cinematographers Award nomination.
The following year, he was nominated for his cinematography work on The Prestige, and in 2009, for Christopher Nolan's record-breaking blockbuster, The Dark Knight. He won his Oscar in 2010 for Inception also directed by Nolan. He also served as director of photography on the thriller, Insomnia, for Nolan, The Italian Job, directed by F. Gary Gray, as well as Laurel Canyon, and Moneyball. Films that Pfister has photographed on have grossed over three-billion dollars worldwide. In between feature films, Pfister also works as Director/Cameraman on Commercials. He is currently in pre-production on his feature film Directorial debut, which is due to begin filming in early 2013.
Janek Sirrs is a respected VFX veteran, whose credits include The Matrix, I am Legend, Batman Begins, and Iron Man 2. He won the Best Visual Effects Oscar for The Matrix and was nominated for Iron Man 2.
Jeff White joined ILM in 2002 as a creature technical director. He has a Masters of Fine Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and has spent the last five years as Associate VFX Supervisor on the Transformers franchise. The Avengers marks his first time at the helm as Visual Effects Supervisor.
Source: Hollywood Film Festival