John Goodman received an Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award at the 2012 Savannah Film Festival

John Gatins, Geoffrey Fletcher also awarded

Oct 29, 2012, 16:00 ET from Savannah College of Art and Design

SAVANNAH, Ga., Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- John Goodman received an Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award Oct. 28 at the 15th annual Savannah Film Festival, presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design. Goodman was honored for his prestigious body of work, including noteworthy performances in "The Big Lebowski," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Monsters, Inc.," "Waiting for Godot," and "The Artist," which was featured in last year's festival and won an Academy Award for Best Picture.

Goodman attended the festival for the screening of the highly anticipated drama "Flight," which premieres Nov. 2. Goodman's many career accolades include a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in "Roseanne," seven Emmy nominations, and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." Goodman recently appeared in Ben Affleck's "Argo," which debuted Oct. 12 and received rave reviews.

Screenwriter John Gatins and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher also received awards. Gatins, who also wrote and directed "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story," received the Spotlight Award in recognition for writing "Flight." Fletcher made his directorial debut with "Violet & Daisy," which stars actor James Gandolfini – who was also at the festival for opening night. Fletcher was the first African American to win the Best Adapted Screenplay award at the Academy Awards for the "Precious" screenplay and received the SCAD Cinevation Award, which is given for imagination, inspiration and innovation in cinema.

The festival will also honor actors Matt Dillon ("Crash") and Diane Lane ("Unfaithful") with Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Awards; actress Michelle Monaghan ("Gone Baby Gone") with a Spotlight Award; and legendary comic book writer Stan Lee ("Spider-Man") with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Savannah Film Festival is one of the largest entertainment events in the Southeast. The festival features more than 30 competition films, selected from more than 1,000 entries in the categories of feature, short, animation, documentary and student competition that are submitted from around the world. During the festival, professional workshops and lectures for the community and area high school and college students address topics such as acting, directing, producing, animation and filmmaking, among others. SCAD students are also given the opportunity to network with filmmakers, directors, studio executives, producers and others to gain further understanding of their chosen career.

In previous years, many of the evening screenings at the festival have garnered Academy Award nominations. The festival has U.S.-premiered two Pedro Almodovar films as well as films by Robert Redford and Woody Allen. Special gala screenings, which were shown before their national release, include "127 Hours," "Amélie," "Babel," "Black Swan," "Precious, Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire," "Sideways," "Slumdog Millionaire," "The Artist," "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," "The Wrestler" and "Up in the Air."

Each year, distinguished honorees are presented awards for excellence in the entertainment industry. Past honored and special guests include Peter O'Toole, Michael Douglas, Oliver Stone, Jane Fonda, Sidney Lumet, Sir Ian McKellen, Isabella Rossellini, Lily Tomlin, Ellen Barkin, Liam Neeson, Vanessa Redgrave, Norman Jewison, James Marsden, Tommy Lee Jones, John Waters, James Franco, Alec Baldwin, Ray Liotta, Aaron Eckhart, Roger Ebert, Terrence Malick, Sydney Pollack, Malcolm McDowell and Milos Forman.

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