The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, are pleased to announce that Academy Award-nominated actress Michelle Williams will be honored with the "Hollywood Actress Award," at the festival's Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place October 24, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
The announcement was made by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival. "It is a privilege to honor Michelle Williams for her excellent talent and remarkable career," said Mr. de Abreu.
The Hollywood Film Awards Gala launches the awards season. In the past eight years a total of 73 Oscar nominations and 27 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Awards.
The 2011 Hollywood Film Festival has also announced that they will honor Academy Award-nominated actor Christopher Plummer with the "Hollywood Supporting Actor Award" for "Beginners," actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award" for "50/50," actress Jessica Chastain with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Actress Award" for "The Tree of Life," "Coriolanus," "The Debt," "The Help," and "Take Shelter," and actress FeliciTy Jones with the "New Hollywood Award" for "Crazy Love." Other honorees include the cast of "The Help" (Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel), Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, Editor Stephen Mirrione, Production Designer James Murakami, and Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Farrar at their annual Awards Gala. In addition, Gore Verbinski's "Rango" will be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, along with additional honorees to be announced in the coming weeks.
Michelle Williams' performances have established her as one of Hollywood's most sought-after and respected actors earning her two Academy Award® nominations.
Williams was last seen in Derek Cianfrance's BLUE VALENTINE opposite Ryan Gosling. Williams' captivating performance earned her an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress as well as Golden Globe and Broadcast Film Critics Association nominations and her fourth Independent Spirit Award nomination.
This fall, Williams takes on the iconic Marilyn Monroe in MY WEEK WITH MARILYN opposite Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench. The film will be released by The Weinstein Company on November 4, 2011. She will star opposite Seth Rogan in Sarah Polley's TAKE THIS WALTZ, which made its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
Williams is currently in production on Sam Raimi's OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, opposite James Franco, where she stars as Glinda the Good Witch.