THANKS FOR ATTENDING THE
2016 TEXAS FILM AWARDS AND TEXAS PARTY!
CO-CHAIRS: MELODY McCAIG, SHERRI WEST, AND ARMANDO ZAMBRANO
Austin Film Society's Texas Film Awards, presented by H-E-B, is the year's biggest event for Texans in film, and now is the time to mark your calendar for the gala that will bring the stars of Texas to Austin for an unforgettable evening of surprises and celebration, all benefiting the artistic and educational programs of the Austin Film Society.
Each year, the Texas Film Awards brings together legends of cinema and television for an unforgettable evening of festivities inducting industry icons into the Texas Film Hall of Fame.
The event features glamorous red carpet arrivals of the evening's honorees, presenters and other special guests, followed by a spectacular catered awards ceremony, music, and a lively auction. The 2016 Texas Film Awards, presented by H-E-B, is the exciting culmination of the Austin Film Society's 30th Anniversary celebrations and serves as the primary fundraiser for the AFS programs — including AFS's annual cash grants for emerging Texas filmmakers — that enhance the cultural landscape of our city and state.
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Michael Barker, co-president and co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics, will be inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame with the Austin Chronicle Champion of the Arts Award. Previously at United Artists and Orion Classics and currently at Sony Pictures Classics, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Michael Barker (with Tom Bernard), has distributed (and often produced) some of the finest independent movies over the past 35 years. His films have received 159 Academy Award® nominations, including 7 for Best Picture (WHIPLASH, AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN EDUCATION, CAPOTE, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, and HOWARDS END). Academy Award winners include actors Julianne Moore (STILL ALICE), J.K. Simmons (WHIPLASH), Cate Blanchett (BLUE JASMINE), Philip Seymour Hoffman (CAPOTE), Marcia Gay Harden (POLLOCK) and Emma Thompson (HOWARDS END); documentary features (SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN, INSIDE JOB, FOG OF WAR); and foreign films (A SEPARATION, AMOUR, THE LIVES OF OTHERS, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, BABETTE’S FEAST). From first time directors to film masters, Barker has collaborated with some of the world’s finest filmmakers including Texas filmmakers Richard Linklater (SLACKER, SUBURBIA, BEFORE MIDNIGHT), Jeff Nichols (TAKE SHELTER), David Gordon Green (ALL THE REAL GIRLS), and Tommy Lee Jones (THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA). Raised in Dallas, he is a University of Texas at Austin graduate in Speech Communications.
Carol Burnett, an award-winning actress and best-selling author, is widely known for her work on Broadway, film, and television most notably The Carol Burnett Show. Named in 2007 by TIME magazine as one of the “100 Best Television Shows of All Time,” The Carol Burnett Show ran for 11 years, averaged 30 million viewers per week, and received 25 Emmy Awards, making it one of the most celebrated television programs ever. Ms. Burnett has been honored with Emmys, Golden Globes, People’s Choice Awards, the Horatio Alger Award, an Ace Award, and the Peabody. She has also received the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A standout in her early performances on The Jack Paar Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and The Gary Moore Show, CBS noticed Burnett’s talent and signed her to a ten-year contract. The Carol Burnett Show premiered on CBS in 1967 and became an instant hit. The show’s talented ensemble included Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner, and featured notable guest stars like Lucille Ball, Rita Hayworth, Jimmy Stewart, Ronald Reagan, Betty White, Cher, Jim Nabors and Rock Hudson. Her portrayal of “Starlet” O’Hara in “Went With The Wind,” a parody of GONE WITH THE WIND, is always counted among the greatest moments in television history. Additionally, Burnett has starred in many films including John Huston’s ANNIE, Peter Boganovich’s NOISES OFF, Robert Altman’s A WEDDING, and Alan Alda’s FOUR SEASONS. She has penned three New York Times bestsellers and guest starred on several television series, including Glee, Hot in Cleveland, Hawaii 5-0 and Law and Order: SVU.
Chandra Wilson, actor, director, producer and Houston native who this year will be completing her 12th season as Dr. Miranda Bailey on the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and AFI Award winning series ABCs Grey’s Anatomy, will be inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. Chandra has individually been recognized with awards from the Screen Actors Guild, People’s Choice, Prism and NAACP Image, and has received five Emmy award nominations. In 2010, Chandra began directing for television, and has directed 14 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy thus far, as well as episodes of Scandal and The Fosters. Early in her career, Wilson had supporting roles in Jonathan Demme’s PHILADELPHIA, Geoffrey Sax’s FRANKIE AND ALICE, and John Sayles’ LONE STAR which was shot in Texas and is celebrating it’s 20th year in release. She has had starring roles in 4 Broadway shows, and many successes on the small screen, such as guest starring roles on The Sopranos, Law & Order, The Cosby Show, Queens Supreme and One Life To Live, among others. Also, she received a Prism Award and Emmy nomination for her role in Hallmark Channel’s ACCIDENTAL FRIENDSHIP.
Jesse Plemons, a Dallas native, will receive the Rising Star Award of the Texas Film Hall of Fame. Plemons breakout role was in the iconic Texas series, Friday Night Lights, in which he played high school football player and band front man Landry Clarke. For his role as cold blooded killer Todd Alquist in the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning hit show Breaking Bad (2008-2012), Plemons was recognized by IGN as 2013’s best TV villain. His recent film roles include Kevin Weeks in BLACK MASS, the Whitey Bulger biopic opposite Johnny Depp, as well as air force pilot Joe Murphy in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award® nominated cold war drama, BRIDGE OF SPIES. Previously, he appeared in the epic action film BATTLESHIP (2012), in a role written specifically for him, and opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Paul Thomas Anderson’s critically lauded drama, THE MASTER (2012). Plemons stars in the upcoming film OTHER PEOPLE (2016) opposite Molly Shannon. The film was an opening night selection of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Currently, Plemons is also being celebrated for his role on season 2 of the Golden Globe award-winning show, Fargo, for which he won a Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series. Plemons will also be seen starring opposite Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s MENA, in theaters in 2017.
For information on becoming a sponsor of the Texas Film Awards, contact Charlotte Hill at 512-322-0145 x3213 or Charlotte@austinfilm.org.