Austin Film Society To Honor Brooklyn Decker With Rising Star Award at 2019 Texas Film Awards
Austin, TX – (December 18, 2018) The Austin Film Society (AFS) announced today they will honor actress and entrepreneur Brooklyn Decker with the Rising Star Award at the 2019 Texas Film Awards on Thursday, March 7, 2019. The annual event will take place at the AFS Cinema, with a red carpet followed by an intimate reception, dinner, and awards ceremony in AFS Cinema’s Event Hall.
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Decker started her acting career with a supporting role in the Adam Sandler comedy, JUST GO WITH IT, also starring Jennifer Aniston. Her acting work has ranged from big-budget blockbusters like Peter Berg’s BATTLESHIP and ensemble rom-com WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING to critically acclaimed television and independent films. Her recent work includes the SAG and Golden Globe Award-nominated Netflix series, Grace & Frankie, in which she co-stars alongside Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, and Sam Waterston. Decker has appeared on numerous hit television shows including The League, Ugly Betty and New Girl, and her recent film work includes fellow Austinite and AFS-supported filmmaker Andrew Bujalski’s SUPPORT THE GIRLS, a 2018 critically-acclaimed independent film. Since moving to Austin with her husband Andy Roddick in 2009, Decker has been an active participant in the community through her work in entertainment, business, and philanthropy. She co-founded the fashion platform Finery, an operating system for your wardrobe, with Whitney Casey in early 2017. Her charity work extends to organizations including the Special Olympics, Sierra Club, and the Andy Roddick Foundation.
“Brooklyn Decker is shaping a career that equals our city in its uniqueness and ambition. Her talents seem to know no limits, and further, Brooklyn is one of a growing number of Texas and Austin-based artists who have parlayed success in Hollywood into shining a light on the Texas film community. We are thrilled to celebrate Brooklyn’s ever-rising star as an actor, while also recognizing her as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and next-generation Austin leader,” said Rebecca Campbell, CEO of the Austin Film Society.
The full program for the Texas Film Awards and additional honorees will be announced in the months leading up to the event.
The Texas Film Awards raises funds for the Austin Film Society’s year-round artistic and educational programs. AFS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by filmmaker Richard Linklater with the mission to make Austin synonymous with great film.
Tickets for the Texas Film Awards are currently available for purchase HERE.
About Brooklyn Decker
From magazine covers to the big screen, Brooklyn Decker is a rare success story in the precarious transition from being one of the biggest names in modeling to emerging as a rising Hollywood actress. Decker’s film and television career began in 2011 when she starred in her first feature film, playing a young teacher romanced by a plastic surgeon (Adam Sandler). In the comedy JUST GO WITH IT for Columbia Pictures, Sandler enlists his assistant (Jennifer Aniston) to pretend to be his ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie.
In 2012 Decker starred in Peter Berg’s BATTLESHIP for Universal Pictures, opposite Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Liam Neeson, and Rihanna. The young actress also released WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING the same week for Lionsgate. Directed by Kirk Jones, Decker played “Skyler” in one of the film’s interlocking stories alongside Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, and Anna Kendrick. LOVESONG, directed by So Yong Kim, premiered at Sundance and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. In 2018, Decker starred in the film SUPPORT THE GIRLS directed and written by Austin-based filmmaker Andrew Bujalski.
Decker co-stars alongside Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, and Sam Waterston in the Netflix “dramedy” Grace and Frankie, entering its fifth season. She has guest starred on numerous television shows including FOX’s New Girl, NBC’s Chuck, ABC’s Ugly Betty, USA Network hit Royal Pains, and three episodes of FX’s comedy series The League. In 2013, the actress starred in CBS’s ensemble cast comedy Friends With Better Lives.
In early 2017, Decker launched Finery, a web platform that acts as the “operating system for your wardrobe,” serving as Design Director alongside founder Whitney Casey. Decker’s interest in design, fashion, and technology has also led her to work with a number of globally recognized clothing, home, and digital brands throughout her career.
Decker got her start after being prodded by friends into modeling in her hometown of Charlotte at the age of 16. Two years later, she moved to New York City where she quickly rose to stardom within the industry, gracing the pages of magazines including Vogue, Elle, GQ, Glamour, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, PoP Magazine, and Teen Vogue.
Decker’s big break came in 2006 when she first appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In her fifth year, Decker cemented her place in pop culture history by appearing on the cover of the magazine and was consequently named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive.
Inspired by her love of sports and her aunt’s personal struggles from being born without a corpus callosum in her brain, Decker became active in the Special Olympics in her hometown of Charlotte in 2004 and is now a global ambassador for the organization. She also supports the Sierra Club and various veterans organizations.
In April 2009 in Austin, Texas, Decker married Andy Roddick in a private ceremony. They have two children together. The family currently resides between Austin, North Carolina, and Los Angeles with their English bulldogs, Billie Jean and Bob Costas.
About the Texas Film Awards
The Texas Film Hall of Fame—founded by Evan Smith and Louis Black in 2001—honors those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the Texas film and creative media industry. Now in its 19th year, the Texas Film Awards brings together legends of cinema and television and inducts industry icons into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. Proceeds from the unforgettable evening benefit the artistic and educational programs of the Austin Film Society, a 501c3 nonprofit.
About Austin Film Society
Founded in 1985 by filmmaker Richard Linklater, the Austin Film Society’s mission is to empower our community to make, watch, and love creative media. AFS curates and screens hundreds of repertory, international, and art house films annually at the AFS Cinema; delivers financial support to Texas filmmakers through the AFS Grant; operates Austin Studios, a 20-acre production facility, and Austin Public, a space for our city’s diverse media makers to train and collaborate. Through its award-winning after school classes, intern training, and the Ed Lowry Student Film program, AFS encourages media and film literacy and provides a place for youth of all backgrounds to learn the craft of filmmaking and gain access to tools for media production. By hosting premieres, special events, local and international industry events, and the Texas Film Awards, AFS shines the national spotlight on Texas filmmakers while connecting Austin and Texas to the wider film community. To learn more about the AFS Cinema or about Austin Film Society’s mission visit: www.austinfilm.org and follow @AustinFilm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.