Mulligan, Renner, Daniels, Sidibe, Neustadter, Webb to receive Hollywood film fest awards

Posted by · 9:16 am · September 23rd, 2009

Jeremy Renner in The Hurt LockerThe Hollywood Film Festival has become just another stop on the awards campaign trail these days, various publicists getting in the ears of festival directors to make sure their clients get their (in most cases deserved) props as the season takes hold, amping up the exposure, etc.  So with that in mind, the list of award recipients for this year’s Hollywood Film Festival have been announced.

Carey Mulligan and Jeremy Renner will receive the Breakthrough Actress and Breakthrough Actor awards, having made an impact in “An Education” and “The Hurt Locker” respectively.  Mulligan seems a cinch for a lead actress Oscar nomination, while Renner, in the typically more competitive lead actor category, may be somewhat on the bubble.

Lee Daniels will receive the Breakthrough Director Award for “Precious,” while the film’s star, Gabourey Sidibe, will received the New Hollywood Award.  Both deserve any and every awards notice they will get this season.

Finally, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, the screenwriters of “(500) Days of Summer,” will receive the Breakthrough Screenwriter Award.  It’s time for my confession: I have yet to see this film.

The awards are presented by STARZ Entertainment and will go down in roughly a month, on October 26, in Beverly Hills.  The press release features the requisite blanket quote of praise from festival founder and co-director Carlos de Abreu: “These honorees 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.”

All snark aside, though, I’m happy for all.

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  • 1 9-23-2009 at 9:19 am

    Georgie said...

    I’m hoping that the award for the (500) Days of Summer screenwriters translates into an eventual Oscar nod… I’m not worried about the others being honored as much. Can’t wait for Precious and An Education to expand.

  • 2 9-23-2009 at 9:31 am

    "Julianstark" said...

    What exactly is the New Hollywood Award??? It sounds kinda like a Breakthrough award…

  • 3 9-23-2009 at 10:04 am

    Bryan said...

    500 Days of Summer was perfectly nice, but not earth shattering. I couldn’t care either way if it gets nominated for screenwriting.

  • 4 9-23-2009 at 11:13 am

    The Other James D. said...

    You should definitely give it a go, Kris, when you get the chance. I know it appears kitschy and geared towards the trendy kids, but that stuff about the unconventional rom-com is all true. It’s genuinely hilarious throughout–not in a cute way, but often in a more bitter, biting way. So, anyway, yay for this award and I hope they still get an Oscar nom. If nothing else, I hope it gets Globe noms.

    Also, I’m extremely ecstatic for Mulligan, Renner, Sidibe, and Daniels; but, yes, especially Renner. I think this could raise his profile during this awards season and make him more present on voters’ radars. So I hope it is just the beginning of his run for this season.

  • 5 9-23-2009 at 11:17 am

    The Other James D. said...

    And yes, Julian, in these instances. James Franco & Sally Hawkins won it last year, for example, and Ellen Page & Casey Affleck won it the year prior.

  • 6 9-23-2009 at 11:19 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Actually my mistake, they just won the breakthrough awards. I don’t know who won the New Hollywood Award in previous years. Sorry.

  • 7 9-23-2009 at 11:32 am

    "Julianstark" said...

    Hmm… I can’t find any of the New Hollywood Award winners, which is strange…

  • 8 9-23-2009 at 11:42 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Yeah..I noticed they’re nowhere to be found on IMDb. Guess it’s a new thing introduced in order for them to honor both Mulligan *and* Sidibe without tying them =P.

    I feel like I’ve heard the award title before though, so I dunno.

  • 9 9-23-2009 at 11:47 am

    "Julianstark" said...

    Either way, I’m still thinking that Gabourey Sidibe will win the Academy over Carey Mulligan. Globe might go to Mulligan, but SAG I think is Sidibe’s. But who knows at this point???

  • 10 9-23-2009 at 12:00 pm

    SHAAAARK said...

    I’m worried the Academy will forget Renner, so this is great news!

  • 11 9-23-2009 at 2:35 pm

    The InSneider said...

    KRIS! You need to see 500 Days of Summer! It’s excellent. Take your girlfriend. She’ll love it!

  • 12 9-23-2009 at 8:40 pm

    Rose said...

    Great to see Jeremy Renner getting something. Although at this point I am more 50/50 on Mulligan’s chances than Renners since Gabby and Abbie Cornish – who are getting raves for their performances – are breathing down her neck. And AMPAS only nominate one youngster per year.

    From the looks of it Gabby is ahead amongst the three.

  • 13 9-23-2009 at 11:24 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    (500) Days of Summer is terrible, chiefly because of its script, which is exactly like any other Hollywood romantic comedy only shuffled around and with lots of camera tricks.

  • 14 9-24-2009 at 12:02 pm

    Speaking English said...

    And, you know, smart dialogue. And great characterization. And a really clever, realistic knack for relationship dramedy.

    Oh right. That’s all terrible too. What isn’t terrible, Chad?

  • 15 9-24-2009 at 1:04 pm

    Teegan said...

    Hm, perhaps Chad’s just jealous. Didn’t Hartigan make his own mumblecore rom-com or something? Doubt it’ll be as much of a critical smash as (500), but that’s no reason to demean a quality film.

  • 16 9-24-2009 at 1:07 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Silly Rose….Really?

    I doubt Cornish’s chances most of the three, since, ya know, her performance looks terribly bland and internalized from the trailer and the film itself isn’t likely to connect with people as much as Precious and/or An Education. Some say Mulligan could be this year’s Sally Hawkins (God forbid…), but out of the youngsters, I’d say Mulligan and Sidibe stand out front, Cornish on the sidelines, and Ronan on the bleachers, since that performance I’ve heard is too passive.

  • 17 9-24-2009 at 8:49 pm

    Rose said...

    If you look closely I have mentioned Gabby standing out amongst the three ‘young’ guns and from the looks of things her movie has got the most momentum out of the three.
    There is no way the AMPAS will nominate two young actresses the same year.

  • 18 9-24-2009 at 11:59 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Hey, I love smart dialogue. And great characterization. And a really clever, realistic knack for relationship dramedy. It’s just nowhere in that movie. If you think a wise sage 10 year old used for comic relief is great characterization, then we have different perspectives. If you think giving a “what are we all doing with our lives, I quit” speech to your co-workers is fresh and realistic, then we’ve seen different movies throughout our lives.

    And yes, I would love for my film to have had the critical and commercial success of (500) Days of Summer. But if I hated every film that was more successful than mine, it would leave very few to enjoy.

  • 19 9-25-2009 at 4:29 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Chad: I think you’re being too hard on (500). On its own, it’s genuinely better than many of its genre peers. It doesn’t have to be perfectly realistic. Realism is overrated; I appreciate realism more than you’ll know, but still, that doesn’t mean slight suspended belief can’t be utilized in order to allow certain films in.

    Rose: I think the rules will have to bend this year, as too many young people have acclaim. Think back to 1973: Tatum O’Neal and Linda Blair, both kids, both nominated. 1993: Anna Paquin and Winona Ryder, one a kid, one a very young adult. And if that doesn’t work for you, I don’t think Mulligan counts as that young. She may play a 16-year-old, but did you know she’s 22?

  • 20 9-25-2009 at 6:05 am

    "Julianstark" said...

    Plus Gabourey Sidibe is closer to 30 than 20, if I’m remembering correctly. Of course, she’s playing a teenager, so I dunno

  • 21 9-25-2009 at 6:48 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Whoa, you’re right. I just found several articles stating that she’s in her 20s (specifically, 24 as of December ’07, meaning she’ll be at least 26 come Oscar time).

    Thanks for pointing that out. It makes me feel even more confident, since Witherspoon and Knightley were both 20-somethings in 2005 when they were nominated together. So, in short, booyah.

  • 22 9-25-2009 at 7:31 am

    "Julianstark" said...

    Yeah. I’m really really hoping Gabourey Sidibe wins (assuming she’s as awesome as everyone says she is), since Carey Mulligan will have plenty of chances for Oscar glory in the future

  • 23 9-25-2009 at 9:15 am

    Rae Kasey said...

    I loved (500) Days of Summer but completely agree with Chad on the precocious sister and Tom’s rant at the greeting card company. I’ve seen those devices a million and a half times before.

    Still is one of my favorites of this year, though. I thought it was simple and touching.

  • 24 9-25-2009 at 9:25 am

    "Julianstark" said...

    Yeah Rae. I agree. I also like how it was a romantic comedy without necessarily having a romance to it. Love that part of it

  • 25 9-25-2009 at 3:05 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    The Other James D. – With all due respect, I think you are being too easy on (500) Days of Summer. It’s not enough to just be better than The Proposal or All About Steve, at least not for me. I appreciate it when effort is put into making something different, and I do believe that the people involved feel that way, but it’s just not good enough. It still leans on too many cliches and too many shortcuts. Why not let Zooey’s character show some real depth, instead of just giving over to narration that explains she’s complex? Why not have friend characters that exist for themselves instead of just being around to listen and offer advice to our main character? It’s not too much to ask I think. Why have a scene where when a character needs to talk to someone, they don’t call them on the phone, they just go to that one spot they went to once before and had a moment. Don’t worry, they’ll probably be there too. That stuff drives me crazy.

    I’m not a complete stickler for realism and I think some tricks used are quite effective (the Han Solo gag and the expectations vs. reality sequence being two), but it’s obvious that (500) Days of Summer requires its audience to invest in the realism of the relationship at least so it can get a little stylized elsewhere and I think it failed there.

  • 26 9-25-2009 at 3:28 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Well okay, as long as you didn’t think it was epic fail. Obviously, we all can’t love everything together, and your displeasure with the movie seems kosher :].

    I do agree regarding Zooey’s character, at least. Although I think the whole point was to view this from Joseph’s perspective. After all, “Milk” was central to Sean Penn, but then again, a biopic is another ball park entirely, so I digress.

    P.S. How does one see your film anyhow?

  • 27 9-25-2009 at 7:05 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    You can rent it on Amazon on Demand- or wait a few weeks and it’ll be premiering on most Cable provider’s On Demand channels.