The Hollywood Arts Council's 28th Annual Charlie Awards Luncheon was held recently at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. The Awards was hosted by ABC7 entertainment reporter George Pennacchio.This was the record breaking year of all time in the Hollywood Arts Council’s 36-year history as they raised $110,000 at this year’s luncheon. The funds raised will benefit the Council’s Project S.O.A.R. (Students Overcoming All Risks) serving thousands of elementary school children who do not have access to art or artistic direction in Hollywood schools. The Charlie Awards also provide support for the Council’s Annual Free Children’s Festival of the Arts held annually every second Sunday in June at Paramount Pictures, as well as other worthy and necessary community efforts.
This year's Charlie Award honorees include Richard M. Sherman (Music Arts Award), Newfilmmakers Los Angeles (Cinema Arts Award), George Pennacchio (Media Arts Award), Open Fist Theatre Company (Theatre Arts Award), Pink's Hot Dogs (Inaugural Culinary Arts Award), Christy McAvoy and the Historic Resources Group (Preservation Arts Award), and the Hollywood Christmas Parade (Entertainment Arts Awards).
The Sherman Brothers' (Richard M. Sherman and the late Robert B. Sherman) careers have spanned over six decades. Their achievements include two Academy Awards for "Mary Poppins" (score) and CHIM CHIM CHER-EE (song), nine Oscar nominations, three Grammy Awards, 24 Gold and Platinum albums, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and notably a National Medal of Arts presented at the White House in 2008. The Sherman Brothers' 36 feature Disney film credits include: "Jungle Book," "The Parent Trap" and Winnie the Pooh."
Sherman accepted the award for himself and his brother and even played the piano for the audience in presence.
LA Music Examiner spoke with Richard Sherman before the event about being honored, the hit movie "Saving Mr. Banks", longevity in the industry and future plans.
Check out the video link to see what Richard had to say.