HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards announced today that Entertainment Tonight Co-Anchor Nancy O'Dell will host the Hollywood Film Awards show on Monday, October 21st at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. This marks Entertainment Tonight's tenth year hosting the Hollywood Film Awards and O'Dell's third, which honors excellence in the art of filmmaking, and launches the awards season.
"I'm thrilled to help honor the tremendously talented artists at this year's Hollywood Film Awards," said O'Dell. "This glamorous evening is full of unpredictable moments from the biggest names in the industry and I am delighted to return as the host."
The Hollywood Film Awards 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.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the Hollywood Film Awards. "We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last ten years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards," said de Abreu. "We are also grateful to Entertainment Tonight and Nancy O'Dell for their decade of support."
Last year's awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers' impressions.
ABOUT NANCY O'DELL
One of the country's most respected and leading entertainment journalists, O'Dell is the co-host of the most watched entertainment news program in the world "Entertainment Tonight", and since joining the show in January 2011, O'Dell has secured exclusive interviews with luminaries such as President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah, Angelina Jolie, Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp, and Taylor Swift. In addition to her work with ET, O'Dell has contributed reports to CBS This Morning, NBC's Today show and Dateline. She is executive producer and host of Celebrities at Home, which was recently picked up for a third season on HGTV. O'Dell was handpicked by Oprah and Mark Burnett to host Your Own Show, one of OWN network's premiere primetime shows. Having over 20 years' experience, O'Dell is a go-to anchor for live TV specials including the 2011 national Emmy pre-show, Countdown to the Emmys, and FOX's New Year's Eve Special ringing in 2011. She was a special presenter on CBS' 2013 and 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards, as well as a host of Fox's American Country Music Awards. She co-hosted NBC's annual network broadcast of "The Live Golden Globes Arrivals Special" for 10 years in a row, as well as "The Tournament of Roses Parade", garnering 5 Emmy nominations. Previously, O'Dell served as the co-anchor of Access Hollywood for 13 years.
O'Dell has been honored with three Associated Press Awards, two Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Awards, an Emmy Award and has been nominated for seven additional Emmys. In addition, she was nominated two years in a row (1999 and 2000) for the prestigious ICG Publicists Guild Press Award, recognizing excellence in entertainment reporting. In 2012, O'Dell was honored in New York Moves Magazine: Power Women issue as one of the most influential and successful women in her particular field. The Alliance for Women in Media honored O'Dell in 2013 with their esteemed Genii Award for Excellence in Television. O'Dell was asked to host the highly-respected "National Association of Broadcasters luncheon" and also in 2013, O'Dell received the title of Dr. Nancy O'Dell from her alma mater, Clemson University, who bestowed upon her an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.
In addition to her journalistic work, O'Dell is a best-selling author of 3 books, creator of an educational series of children's apps on iTunes, Little Ashby: Star Reporter, and has appeared in movies such as "Smurfs 3," "Thank You for Smoking" and several of the "Scream" flicks. Television guest appearances include "30 Rock," "Hannah Montana," "Sesame Street," "The Simpsons" and "Ally McBeal.
ABOUT DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS
Founded in 1957, dick clark productions, Inc (DCP) is a leading independent producer of television programming. DCP produces perennial hits such as the "American Music Awards," "Golden Globe Awards," "Academy of Country Music Awards," and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest." DCP also produces popular weekly television programming, including "So You Think You Can Dance," and owns and maintains one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of "American Bandstand" footage. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.
ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS®
The Hollywood Film Awards® founded in 1997 were created to celebrate Hollywood and launch the awards season. The recipients of the awards are selected for their body of work and/or a film(s) that is to be released during the calendar year. In the last ten years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards. For additional information, visit: www.hollywoodawards.com.
SOURCE Hollywood Film Awards