Bigelow, Ephron, ‘Up,’ ‘Transformers’ to be honored at Hollywood fest

Posted by · 9:50 am · September 30th, 2009

Kathryn Bigelow on the set of The Hurt LockerThe awards keep coming for “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow, who is already set to be feted at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.  As her film’s star Jeremy Renner takes down the Breakthrough Actor award at the upcoming Hollywood Film Festival, Bigelow herself will receive the Hollywood Director Award, fest director Carlos de Abreu announced today.

Elsewhere, Nora Ephron, whose “Julie & Julia” screenplay really did wonders with a troublesome book, will be honored with the Hollywood Screenwriter Award, while “Up” will received the Hollywood Animation Award.

The Hollywood Visual Effects Award will go to Scott Farrar, visual effects supervisor for “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”

The awards are set to take place on October 26 in Beverly Hills, but the most significant tip of the hat here is obviously Bigelow.  Is there any real doubt that the Academy would be really stretching to go against the grain if they didn’t acknowledge her work on “The Hurt Locker?” Anything can happen, but I’d be shocked if members missed this opportunity.

Full list of announced Hollywood fest honorees after the jump.

Hollywood Director Award: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
Hollywood Screenwriter Award: Nora Ephron, “Julie & Julia”
Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award: Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”
Hollywood Breakthrough Actress Award: Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Hollywood Breakthrough Screenwriter Award: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, “(500) Days of Summer”
Hollywood Animation Award: “Up”
Hollywood Visual Effects Award: Scott Farrar, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
New Hollywood Award: Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious”

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  • 1 9-30-2009 at 9:55 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    *reading* Bigelow… Ephron… Up… TRANSFORMERS?!?!? WHAT THE FU-Oh, it’s just for visual effects.

    I’m so happy for Bigelow. She made a great film and deserves a Best Director nomination at the very least.

  • 2 9-30-2009 at 10:32 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    If Bigelow doesn’t get a nomination, it’ll be wrong on plain grounds of merit — but in addition, the feminist brigade would go rightfully berserk. The Academy would be insane to go there.

  • 3 9-30-2009 at 10:46 am

    red_wine said...

    Bigelow is truly a no-brainer. It will really cause outrage if she is not nominated. And like we’ve been saying, the 5 best director slots would give added advantage to their films, so a Picture nomination and hopefully an Actor nomination should be on the cards too. Also the film is very technically accomplished so tech nominations should also be plentiful. Right now, Reitman and Bigelow are close to certainty.

  • 4 9-30-2009 at 11:24 am

    jess said...

    I’m sorry but Ephron (Nora, not the little one) as screenwriter of the year is pushing it.

  • 5 9-30-2009 at 12:16 pm

    Speaking English said...

    If “Bright Star” were getting the same praise “The Hurt Locker” is getting I’d be much better off. I just can’t see Bigelow as one of the best directorial jobs of the year. Not even close.