HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the "Los Angeles Times, " announced today that it will be honoring producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with this year's "Hollywood Producers Award."
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive director of the Hollywood Film Awards. He said: "It is a great pleasure to recognize these talented and prolific producers as the recipients of our 'Hollywood Producers Award.'"
Bevan and Fellner's production company, Working Title Films, was founded in 1983 and has made more than 100 films that have grossed more than $5 billion worldwide. Its films have won six Academy Awards®, 30 BAFTA Awards and prestigious prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals.
The company's commercial and critical hits include "Burn After Reading," "Frost/Nixon," "State of Play," "A Serious Man," "Green Zone," "Nanny McPhee Returns," "Senna," "Contraband," "The Interpreter," "About a Boy," "Notting Hill," "Elizabeth," "Fargo," "Dead Man Walking," "High Fidelity," "Billy Elliot," "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Bridget Jones's Diary," "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Love Actually," "Shaun of the Dead," "Pride & Prejudice," "Nanny McPhee," "United 93," "Hot Fuzz," "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and "Atonement." Working Title has stepped into theater production with the hugely popular "Billy Elliot the Musical." Forthcoming releases include "Anna Karenina," "Les Miserables," "Rush," "I Give It a Year" and "About Time."
The 2012 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will honor writer/director Judd Apatow with the "Hollywood Comedy Award," actor John Hawkes with the "Hollywood Breakout Performance Award" for "The Sessions," and Quvenzhane Wallis with the "New Hollywood Award" for "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Other honorees include cinematographer Wally Pfister and visual effects supervisors Jane Sirrs and Jeff White. In addition, director Peter Ramsey's "Rise of the Guardians" will be honored with the "Hollywood Animation Award," along with additional honorees to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Hollywood Film Awards Gala honors cherished stars, filmmakers and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.
"We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last nine years, a total of 85 Oscar® nominations and 32 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards," said de Abreu.
Last year's awards show reached a total TV audience of more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers' impressions.
Aside from celebrating accomplishments on screen, the Hollywood Film Awards established the "Hollywood Gives Back" program to expand and continue highlighting and assisting important local and national charities to raise funds. Over the years, the Hollywood Film Awards has contributed to such charities as the following: The Art of Elysium, Artists for Human Rights, Artists for Peace and Justice, MatchingDonors.com, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the Enough Project and Variety The Children's Charity of So. CA, among others.
Further, the Hollywood Film Awards selects individuals to be recipients of its "Hollywood Humanitarian Awards" in recognition of their contribution to the betterment of their communities or society at large. Prior recipients include Nobel Peace Prize winner and ex-President of East Timor, Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, Father Rick Frechette and actor and activist Sean Penn.
ABOUT THE "LOS ANGELES TIMES"
The "Los Angeles Times" is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country, with a daily readership of 1.6 million and 2.7 million on Sunday, more than 16 million unique latimes.com visitors monthly and a combined print and online local weekly audience of 4.4 million. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Times has been covering Southern California for more than 130 years.
The Los Angeles Times Media Group (LATMG) businesses and affiliates include the "Los Angeles Times, " The Envelope, Times Community News and Hoy Los Angeles and reach approximately 5.2 million or 39% of all adults in the Southern California marketplace. LATMG also owns and operates California Community News, as well as Tribune Direct's west coast division and is part of Tribune Company, one of the country's leading media companies with businesses in publishing, the Internet and broadcasting. Additional information is available at http://latimes.com/aboutus.
ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS
The Hollywood Film Awards were created to honor excellence in the art of filmmaking, both in front of and behind the camera, and launch the awards season. The criteria is: recipients are selected to be honored for their body of work and/or a film(s) that is to be released between January 1 and December 31 by an advisory team. In addition, for the recipients of our "film awards craft categories" (aside from evaluating their body of work), our Advisory team takes into consideration the recommendation of their guilds/societies. Last year alone, our recipients received 12 nominations and 5 Oscars. In the last 9 years, a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars were given to our honorees.
The Hollywood Film Awards are presented in conjunction with Presenting Sponsor the Los Angeles Times, Premier sponsors ArcLight Cinemas and Hollywoodnews.com, exclusive Regional Print Media sponsor Los Angeles Confidential and trade Media sponsors the Hollywood Reporter and Variety. Special support is provided by American Cinema Editors - A.C.E., American Society of Cinematographers - A.S.C., The Art Directors Guild - A.D.G., Celebrity Services, The Casting Society of America - CSA, Costume Designers Guild - CDG, Columbia Pictures, Creative Artists Agency, DreamWorks SKG, Entertainment Tonight, Focus Features, Fox Searchlight, ICM, ILM, Motion Picture Editors Guild, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., Walt Disney/Pixar, The Weinstein Company, WME. Wireimage is the Official Photography Agency.
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