Carey Mulligan, Jeremy Renner, Lee Daniels, Gabourey Sidibe and screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber will be honoured in the 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Awards presented by Starz.
Rising UK star Mulligan was the talk of Sundance with her breakout performance as a charming ingénue in AnEducation, while Renner earned the best reviews of his career for his role as a bomb disposal expert in The Hurt Locker.
They will collect the Hollywood Breakthrough Actress Award and Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award, respectively, at the gala ceremony on October 26.
Mulligan also starred in The Greatest and recently wrapped Never Let Me Go for Mark Romanek. She is currently filming Oliver Stone’s Wall Street 2 opposite Michael Douglas, Frank Langella and Shia LaBeouf. Renner’s credits include Dahmer, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, North Country and 28 Weeks Later.
Daniels and Sidibe will receive the Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award and New Hollywood Award, respectively, for directing and starring in the drama Precious, about a young woman looking to escape from her abusive life.
Daniels previously directed Shadowboxer and produced Monster’s Ball and Tennessee. He will produce Second Child, the follow-up film from Chile’s Sebastian Silva, who directed La Nana (The Maid). Brooklyn-born Sidibe was pursuing a degree in psychology when she was cast in Precious.
Neustadter and Weber co-wrote the hit romantic comedy 500 Days Of Summer and will collect the Hollywood Breakthrough Screenwriter Award.
“These honourees have been steadily laying the groundwork of choice projects upon which to build their Hollywood careers, and this was their year to really stand out,” Carlos De Abreu, founder and executive director of the Hollywood Film Festival, said.