2018 Hollywood Film Awards: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ stars, Amandla Stenberg, John David Washington to receive breakthrough awards

October 16, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians
“Crazy Rich Asians” team at the Los Angeles premiere of the movie at the TCL Chinese Theatre on August 7, 2018. Pictured from left to right: director Jon M. Chu, Jimmy O. Yang, producer Nina Jacobson, Sonoya Mizuno, Gemma Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Henry Golding, Constance Wu, Chris Pang, Nico Santos, Ronny Chieng, Ken Jeong, producer Brad Simpson, executive producer/author Kevin Kwan and producer John Penotti. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau)

The following is a press release from Dick Clark Productions:

Dick Clark Productions announced today the line-up of stand-out performers and talent who will be recognized at the 22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards. “Crazy Rich Asians” will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award,” Amandla Stenberg will be recognized with the Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award for 20th Century Fox’s “The Hate U Give,” while John David Washington will receive the“Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award for his role in Focus Features’ “BlacKkKlansman.” Additionally, Felix Van Groeningen will be bestowed the Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award” for Amazon Studios’ “Beautiful Boy,” and Yalitza Aparicio will be given the New Hollywood Award for her performance in Netflix’s “Roma.”

They join previously announced honorees Nicole Kidman, who will receive this year’s Hollywood Career Achievement Award, and Timothée Chalamet and Rachel Weisz, who will receive the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award and Hollywood Supporting Actress Award, respectively.  The 22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards will take place on Sunday, November 4 at The Beverly Hilton.

The Hollywood Film Awards, honoring the most acclaimed films and actors while previewing highly anticipated films and talent for the upcoming year, also acknowledges artists in the categories of Cinematography, Visual Effects, Film Composing, Costume Design, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Makeup & Hairstyling. In its 22-year history, more than 320 of the world’s biggest stars and filmmakers have been highlighted at the Hollywood Film Awards and more than 130 of the honorees have gone on to garner Oscar nominations and/or wins.


“Crazy Rich Asians” is a contemporary romantic comedy based on the acclaimed worldwide bestseller by Kevin Kwan and featuring an all-Asian starring ensemble, including Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remi Hii, and Nico Santos.  The story follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore.  Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life.  Not only is he the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families, but also one of its most sought-after bachelors.  Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim.  It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family, in this funny and romantic story sure to ring true for audiences everywhere.

Amandla Stenberg can currently be seen in 20th Century Fox’s highly anticipated film “The Hate U Give,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018 to rave reviews.  Additionally, she can currently be seen in Amma Asante’s WWII drama “Where Hands Touch,” which also premiered at TIFF.  Amandla’s other recent film credits include “The Darkest Minds,” “Everything, Everything” and “As You Are,” which won the Special Jury Award at Sundance 2016, “Colombiana,” “Rio 2” and “The Hunger Games.” She has been recognized globally for her crusade towards sparking thoughtful conversation using social media as a platform to spread awareness and knowledge on topics such as cultural appropriation, intersectional feminism, mindfulness, biracial identity, sexual identity, gender and beauty standards to name few.  Amandla has been recognized with Teen Choice Awards, a BET Award and NAACP Image Award for her work.

John David Washington garnered critical acclaim for starring in “BlacKkKlansman,” directed by Spike Lee and produced by Jason Blum and Jordan Peele. The film premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to a standing ovation and won the Grand Prix. This fall he co-starred in “Monsters and Men” directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. The script was selected and developed as part of the 2017 Sundance Directors Lab. Earlier this year, he was seen in “Monster,” which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, starring opposite Jeffrey Wright, ASAP Rocky and Jennifer Hudson. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Washington got his start as a child in Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” in 1992. Prior to acting, he spent six years playing professional football. Shortly after, he booked his fist-ever audition to play Ricky Jerret in the HBO series “Ballers” with Dwayne Johnson. His performance as Ricky has generated rave reviews with the show currently in its 4th season and it was recently announced that the show will be renewed by HBO for a 5th season.

Yalitza Aparicio was born in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca in 1993. She holds a degree in education and aspires to become a teacher upon completion of her exams, but also has additional opportunities ahead of her since the film “Roma” has been completed. Aparicio went to her local community center to accompany her sister to the casting call and ended up trying out and being selected. She is very close with another actress from “Roma,” Nancy García, who lives in a nearby town in Oaxaca. Aparicio also developed strong relationships with the child actors that formed her family on set. Aparicio took advantage of working in Mexico City and visited Chapultepec Park and the pyramids of Teotihuacán. She loved being on set and seeing how spaces were transformed. She also enjoyed working with Cuarón and building the relationship of trust they came to share.

Felix Van Groeningen is a Flemish director, screenwriter and producer. This is his first English-language film. His previous film, “Belgica,” premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where he won the Directing Award (Dramatic World Cinema). Van Groeningen’s internationally acclaimed breakthrough “The Broken Circle Breakdown” earned a 2014 Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and a César for Best Foreign Film. Previously, “The Misfortunates” premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. Van Groeningen is a graduate of Belgium’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He currently resides in Antwerp, Belgium.

Additional honorees for the 22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards will be announced in the coming weeks.

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About Dick Clark Productions
Dick Clark Productions (DCP) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance” from 19 Entertainment and DCP. DCP also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with over 60 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. DCP is a division of Valence Media, a diversified media company with divisions and strategic investments in premium television, wide release film, specialty film, live events and digital media. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

About The Hollywood Film Awards
The Hollywood Film Awards, founded in 1997, were created to celebrate Hollywood and launch the awards season. The recipients of the awards are selected by an Advisory Team for their body of work and/or a film(s) that is to be released during the calendar year. For additional information, visit www.hollywoodawards.com.

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