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CinemaCon 2014 Big Screen Achievement Awards

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The 2014 CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards presentation was held in the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace on Thursday, March 27th. Emcees for the evening’s event were Billy Bush and Kit Hoover of Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live.

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The event began by recognizing the creative group of student filmmakers selected to create a short film from script-to-screen in the 2014 Sprite Films program. The winners and their short films were:

Columbia College Chicago
“Thirsty Enough”
Director/Writer: Robert Forney
Producer: Mark Winters

University of North Carolina, School of the Arts
“Because We Have To”
Director/Writer: Lucian Murphree
Producer: Char-Lay Douglas

The School of Visual Arts
“Wall of Inspiration”
Director/Writer: Angel Cardenas
Producer: Henrik Hanson

The Art Institute of Charlotte
“Fresh”
Director/Writer: John Kofonow
Producer: Bertrum Williams

University of California, Los Angeles
“What We Need”
Director/Writer: Merlin Camozzi
Producer: Rick Perry

Savannah College of Art and Design
“See Your Dreams”
Director/Writer: Olivia Riley Day
Producer: Akmyrat Tuyliyev

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” voted on by the users of Fandango.com, received the Fandango Fan Choice for Favorite Movie of 2013.

The first official CinemaCon honoree was Director Ivan Reitman, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Reitman is best known for classics such as “Animal House”, “Stripes”, “Ghostbusters”, “Dave”, “Private Parts”, “I Love You Man” and “Up In The Air” among many others. His new film “Draft Day” starring Kevin Costner, was given a special advance screening at this year’s CinemaCon.

Other award recipients were:

Female Star of Tomorrow: Shailene Woodley

Ms. Woodley was honored for her performance in “The Descendants” opposite George Clooney, and stars in the just released “Divergent”. She will be seen starring in the upcoming release of 20th Century Fox’s “The Fault In Our Stars”.

Male Star of Tomorrow: Chadwick Boseman

Boseman won critical acclaim in his performance as Jackie Robinson in “42”. He has upcoming roles in “Draft Day” with Kevin Costner, as singer James Brown in “Get On Up” and as Thoth, the god of wisdom in “Gods Of Egypt”.

CinemaCon Vanguard Award: Andy Serkis

Serkis was honored for his pioneering work in the art of performance capture. He is best known for his roles as the motion capture performances behind “King Kong”, Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” series as the character of Gollum, and Caesar in the “Planet of the Apes” franchise in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and the upcoming “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”.

Rising Stars of 2014: Jack Reynor & Nicola Peltz

Reynor was honored for his outstanding work in “What Richard Did” and opposite Vince Vaughn in “Delivery Man”. He can be seen in this summer’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction”, and in the upcoming “Glassland” and “Macbeth”.

Ms. Peltz made her big screen debut opposite Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick and Kristen Chenowith in the 2006 film “Deck the Halls”. She went on to star in “The Last Airbender” and “Eye of the Hurricane”. Peltz can be seen in the upcoming “Transformers: Age of Extinction”.

Comedy Star of the Year: Leslie Mann

Leslie Mann is known for her work in “This is 40”, “Knocked Up” with co-star and CinemaCon honoree Seth Rogen, “The Cable Guy”, “The Change Up”, “The Bling Ring”, “I Love You Phillip Morris”, “17 Again”, “Big Daddy”, “Little Birds”, “George of the Jungle”, “Timecode”, “Drillbit Taylor”, “Funny People and “The 40 Year Old Virgin”. She can be heard in the recent “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”, “Paranorman” and seen in the upcoming Fox release of “The Other Woman” with co-stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton.

Breakthrough Performer of the Year: Chris Pratt

Pratt was honored for his work in “The Lego Movie”, “Delivery Man”, “Five Year Engagement”, “Moneyball”,, “Her” and “Zero Dark Thirty”. later this year he can be seen as Peter Quill in the upcoming Marvel release of “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

Comedy Filmmakers of the Year: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg

As writers, producers and directors, long time friends, Rogen and & Goldman are being recognized for their work on “Superbad”, “Pineapple Express”, “The Guilt Trip”, and “The Green Hornet” and last year’s “This is the End”. Their latest collaborative efforts, screened at this year’s CinemaCon, is the upcoming Universal Picture’s comedy “Neighbors” starring Seth Rogen along with Rose Byrne and Zac Efron.

Cinema Icon Award: Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner was honored for his roles in front of, and behind the camera, with such iconic films as “Dances with Wolves”, “The Untouchables”, “Bull Durham”, “Field of Dreams”, “Open Range”, “Man of Steel”, “No Way Out”, “The Postman, “Tin Cup”, “McFarland”, “Black & White”, “JFK”, “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”, “The Bodyguard” and can be seen starring in the upcoming “Draft Day” along with CinemaCon honoree Chadwick Boseman.

Male Star of the Year: Adam Sandler

Actor, writer and producer Adam Sandler (Happy Madison Productions) has had audiences laughing time and again with films such as “The Wedding Singer”, “Happy Gilmore”, “The Waterboy” “Big Daddy”, “50 First Dates”, “Just Go With It”, “Grown Ups 2”, “Funny People”, “That;s My Boy”, “Jack and Jill”, “The Longest Yard”, “Click”, “Anger Management”, “Punch Drunk Love”, “Little Nicky”, “Billy Madison”, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”, “Zookeeper”, “The Animal”, “Grandma’s Boy”, “Joe Dirt”, “Master of Disguise”, “The Hot Chick” “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo”, “Hotel Transylvania”, “Hotel Transylvania 2” and just complete filming on “The Cobbler” and “Pale Blue Dot”. He can be seen in the upcoming “Blended” with costar and CinemaCon honoree Drew Barrymore.

Female Star of the Year: Drew Barrymore

Barrymore (Flower Films) made her acting debut in the movie “Altered States” but caught the attention of movie going audiences as the adorable 7 year old pig-tailed child in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”. She has gone on to star in such notable films as “Irreconcilable Difference”, “Cat’s Eye”, “Far From Home”, “Boys on the side”, “Scream”, “The Wedding Singer”, “Home Fries”, “Never Been Kissed”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “Riding in Cars with Boys”, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”, “50 First Dates”, “He’s Just Not That Into You”, “Everybody’s Fine” and “Going the Distance”. She has lent her voice to “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” and “Curious George” and has gone on to direct “Whip It!” and “Our Deal”. She can be seen in the upcoming comedy “Blended” with co star and CinemaCon honoree Adam Sandler.

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