Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.
– Robert De Niro will receive the Chaplin Award at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 44th Chaplin Award Gala on May 8, 2017. The event will celebrate De Niro’s more than 40-year career in cinema and his championing of independent film through the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Film Institute.
“De Niro has long been such a legendary presence that one can overlook the remarkably fine-tuned craft and quality he has brought to his roles over his multi-decade career,” Lesli Klainberg, Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, said in a statement. “If you watch his performances, from ‘Mean Streets’ and ‘The Godfather Part II’ to ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘Awakenings’ and on to his more recent work in such films as ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ you see a dramatic range and unwavering commitment to his work.”
– Jon Favreau will receive the Cinema Audio Society Filmmaker Award at the 53rd Annual CAS Awards in Los Angeles on February 18. After launching his acting career in 1993’s “Rudy,” Favreau wrote and starred in the acclaimed comedy “Swingers,” laying the foundation for his career as an actor, writer, director and producer. Favreau brought his directing credits to a new level by helming Marvel blockbusters “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2,” and most recently directed and produced Disney’s live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” currently the fourth highest-grossing film of the year.
“Jon has been a steadfast presence humanizing his storytelling with intelligence and skill,” CAS President Mark Ulano said in a statement. “His ubiquitous creativity continues to entertain millions and makes him a wonderful choice for the CAS Filmmaker Award.” Favreau will be the 12th CAS Filmmaker Honoree, following previous recipients including Jay Roach, Richard Linklater, Jonathan Demme and Quentin Tarantino.
– The American Society of Cinematographers honored three student filmmakers at their annual student awards presentation on October 15. Andrew Jeric, from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, won the ASC Vilmos Zsigmond Student Heritage Award in the graduate category for “Prisoner.” Emmett Sutherland, from the Art Center College of Design, won the same award in the undergraduate category for “Closer.” Colin F. Shepherd, of the Rochester Institute of Technology, won the ASC Haskell Wexler Student Award in the documentary category for “Into the Microscope.”
– Penn Jillette will host the Inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards on November 3 in Brooklyn, New York. A best-selling author, producer and philanthropist, Jillette is one half of the Emmy Award-winning magic duo Penn & Teller, and has served as a producer on acclaimed documentary “The Aristocrats” and the BAFTA nominated doc “Tim’s Vermeer.” “
The stuff people make up can never be as scary, spooky, wonderful, and weird as the stuff that’s really out there,” Jillette said in a statement. “I love my docs.”
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) also announced D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus as the recipients of the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Awards. Pennebaker and Hegedus have made dozens of films individually and together, including the Bob Dylan doc “Dont Look Back,” “Monterey Pop,” “The War Room,” “Startup.com,” and “DeLorean.”