BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Annual Voice Arts® Awards honoring the best talent in the voiceover industry will be back in Burbank this year. Good Morning America called the Voice Arts® Awards, "The Oscars of voiceover acting." The annual event takes place the last night of That's Voiceover! ™ Career Expo 2018, and is sponsored by the non-profit Society of Voice Arts & Sciences (SOVAS™). The awards feature nearly 75 categories across multiple genres. Previous winners include, Jon Hamm, James Earl Jones, Kerry Washington, Kate Winslet, Lily Tomlin, Katy Perry, and Lena Dunham. "The entrants for this year's competition represent the best in the industry and some of the top names in entertainment. Current sponsors are Backstage Magazine, Sennheiser, CBS LA, Casting Society of America, Sheraton Universal and OVATION TV, but we are still sourcing partnerships for 2018, to continue raising the bar on content, relevance, and excitement in celebration of the winners and attendees." says Emmy® Award-winning producer and SOVAS™ CEO, Rudy Gaskins. The international competition culminates with the awards gala on November 18th, in Burbank, at Warner Bros. Studios, where executives, actors, and voiceover actors, meet and celebrate accomplishments in the industry.
Award winning actress Sigourney Weaver will be in attendance this year to receive the Voice Arts® Icon Award for Arts and Humanities. The Voice Arts® Awards also celebrates the power of the voice to impart social responsibility in the world. The 2018 award ceremony will present acclaimed actress Rosario Dawson with the Environmental Voice Arts® Award, for her continued efforts to use her voice to promote the protection and betterment of our environment. The inaugural winner of this award was none other than Erin Brokovich herself. This year's recipient of the prestigious Muhammad Ali Voice of Humanity Honor is acclaimed author, activist, and CNN host, Van Jones. The Muhammad Ali Voice of Humanity Honor has previously been awarded to President Barack Obama and legendary documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns. This award has the full support of the Muhammad Ali Center and was created in consultation with Muhammad Ali, prior to his passing in 2016.