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Forest Whitaker and Derek Luke up for Hollywood awards

Source: Filmstew - http://news.hollywoodawards.com/showArticle.aspx?ContentID=14828

September 27, 2006

Already this fall, actor Forest Whitaker has gotten the kind of advance reviews that come only once in a lifetime. Critics are running out of superlatives to describe the way he inhabits the role of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.

As film awards season begins heating up, Whitaker will be honored next month by the Hollywood Film Festival as Actor of the Year, one more sign that he has a real shot this year at his first Oscar nomination and second Golden Globe nod. Coming on the heels of his enlivening performance as Lt. Jon Kavanaugh on the TV series The Shield, and ahead of three more feature film acting performances, Whitaker's towering incarnation of Amin underscores his renewed focus on acting alongside his various producing efforts.

Meanwhile, beyond all the tabloid madness, Lindsay Lohan has been quietly trying to make the leap to legitimate actress with performances in Robert Altman's Prairie Home Companion, the Robert F. Kennedy assassination drama Bobby (a critical hit at the Venice Film Festival and an entry in this year's Hollywood Film Festival), and next year's Garry Marshall drama Georgia Rule and the John Lennon-themed Chapter 27. As such, she is this year's Hollywood Film Festival Breakthrough Actor of the Year.

Finally, Derek Luke, so charming at the 2003 Independent Spirit Awards, when he told the audience after winning for Antwone Fisher that it felt especially great since he worked the 1999 ceremony as a waiter, is the Hollywood Film Festival's Breakthrough Actor of the Year. His performance in Philip Noyce's upcoming apartheid drama Catch a Fire is another performance being whispered about in critical circles.


The festival has announced the nominees for its Hollywood World Awards, which were chosen by a Blue Ribbon Selection Committee but will be voted on by the public vaia Yahoo! Movies (http://movies.yahoo.com). The nominees are: 12:08 East of Bucharest (Romania) directed by Corneliu Porumboiu; Buenos Aires, 1977 (Argentina) directed by Adrian Caetano; Climates (Turkey, France) directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan; Grbavica (Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, Croatia) directed by Jasmila Zbanic; The Lives of Others (Germany) directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck; Pan's Labyrinth (Mexico, Spain) directed by Guillermo del Toro; The Queen (UK, France, Italy) directed by Stephen Frears; Red Road (UK, Denmark) directed by Andrea Arnold; Volver (Spain) directed by Pedro Almodovar; and The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland, UK) directed by Ken Loach.

This year's nominees for the "Hollywood Movie of the Year Awards(R)" are: Cars directed by John Lasseter; The Da Vinci Code directed by Ron Howard; The Devil Wears Prada directed by David Frankel; Little Miss Sunshine directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris; Mission: Impossible III directed by J. J. Abrams; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest directed by Gore Verbinski; Superman Returns directed by Bryan Singer; United 93 directed by Paul Greengrass; World Trade Center directed by Oliver Stone; and X-Men: The Last Stand directed by Brett Ratner.

The 2006 Annual Hollywood Film Festival will take place from October 18 to 23. The festival's screenings take place at ArcLight Theatres in Hollywood. Its Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Monday, October 23.


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