Sissy Spacek will receive SIFF’s Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award in recognition of a lauded career spanning four decades. This tribute comes just before her memoir, “My Extraordinary Ordinary Life” on book shelves May 1. Spacek’s breakout role was in the 1973 drama “Badlands.” She receive an Oscar nomination for her performance in 1976’s horror “Carrie,” and then an Oscar four years later playing Loretta Lynn in 1980’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Her sixth Oscar nom came for her portrayal of a grieving mother in “In the Bedroom.” Most recently, Spacek co-starred in the 2012 Oscar nominated movie, “The Help.”
SIFF will present William Friedkin with their Lifetime Achievement Award. Friedkin received an Academy Award for Best Director for “The French Connection.” He is also credited with revolutionizing the horror genre with “The Exorcist” in 1973. Friedkin’s latest movie “Killer Joe” stars Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch. It will screen at SIFF and then be released theatrically this summer.
The 38th annual SIFF runs May 17-June 10.