2018 Hollywood Film Awards: ‘Green Book’ stars, screenwriters among honorees

October 23, 2018

The following is a press release from Dick Clark Productions:

Dick Clark Productions announced today that Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures’ Green Book, directed by Peter Farrelly and starring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali and Linda Cardellini, will receive both the “Hollywood Ensemble Award” and “Hollywood Screenwriter Award” at the 22nd Annual “Hollywood Film Awards,” which will take place on Sunday, November 4 at The Beverly Hilton. The TIFF 2018 People’s Choice Award winner is written by Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie and is inspired by a true friendship that in 1962 transcended race, class and the Mason-Dixon line.

They join previously announced honorees Nicole Kidman, who will receive this year’s “Hollywood Career Achievement Award,” Glenn Close, who will receive the “Hollywood Actress Award,” Hugh Jackman, who will receive the “Hollywood Actor Award,” Damien Chazelle, who will receive the “Hollywood Director Award,” Timothée Chalamet and Rachel Weisz, who will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” and “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award,” respectively, Crazy Rich Asians, which will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award,” Amandla Stenberg, who will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award,” John David Washington, who will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award,” Felix Van Groeningen, who will receive the  “Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award,” and Yalitza Aparicio, who will receive the “New Hollywood Award.”

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.

Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern PromisesThe Lord of the Ringstrilogy) and Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali (MoonlightHidden Figures) star in Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures’ Green Book.  In his foray into powerfully dramatic work as a feature director, Peter Farrelly helms the film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line. When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans.  Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. Jim Burke (The Descendants), Charles B. Wessler (The Heartbreak Kid) produce alongside Farrelly’s fellow writers, Brian Currie and Nick Vallelonga, and Farrelly.  The drama is executive produced by Participant’s Jeff Skoll (The Help) and Jonathan King (Lincoln), along with Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) and Kwame L. Parker (Kill Bill series), as well as Cinetic Media’s John Sloss (Boyhood) and Steven Farneth.  Linda Cardellini (Brokeback MountainThe Founder) co-stars.

Peter Farrelly (Produced by/Written by/Directed by) is a director, producer, executive producer, screenwriter and published novelist widely known for the star-driven comedy blockbuster movies he made with his brother Bob such as There’s Something About MaryKingpinShallow HallStuck on YouFever Pitch and the modern-day classic Dumb and Dumber. Most recently, the television series Loudermilk, which Farrelly created and executive produced, was renewed for a second season by AT&T’s Audience Network.  Loudermilk, which stars Tyler Layton-Olson and Ron Livingston in the titular role, focuses on a recovering alcoholic and substance abuse counselor whose bad attitude is said to “put the SOB in sobriety.” Following the box-office success of their first film Dumb and Dumber, the writing, producing and directing duo known collectively as the Farrelly brothers collaborated on nearly 20 films and television projects, including The RingerMe, Myself & IreneOsmosis JonesHall PassThe Three StoogesDumb and Dumber ToThe Leisure Class; and the 2007 remake of The Heartbreak Kid.

Nick Vallelonga (Produced by/Written by) is an actor and filmmaker with nearly 50 films and television projects to his credit.  The Bronx-born son of Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, he also plays the role of Mob Boss Augie in Green Book.  Other recent credits include producing and directing the television pilot Unorganized Crime, which starred Chazz Palminteri and for which Vallelonga won Best Director at the Hollywood International Film Festival.  He executive produced the action thriller I Am Wrath, which starred John Travolta, will next be seen alongside Travolta and Morgan Freeman in George Gallo’s upcoming The Poison Rose.  He produced the action/comedy Vigilante Diaries for HBO and the feature film Chocolate City, which starred Vivica A. Fox and Michael Jai White. Vallelonga’s other film and television credits include DeadfallCoyote UglyRakeAquariusSee Dad RunThe OthersNew Jersey Shore Shark AttackSummonedERand Chicago Hope. Vallelonga went on to produce and direct several independent films including Stiletto, which starred Tom Berenger, Stana Katic, William Forsythe and Diane Venora; All In, which starred Louis Gossett Jr. and Michael Madsen; Deadfall, which starred Nicolas Cage, James Coburn, Charlie Sheen and Michael Biehn; In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man with One Eye Is King, which starred William Petersen, Paul Winfield, Leo Rossi and Michael Biehn; and the award-winning western Yellow Rock,  which starred Michael Biehn and James Russo. Vallelonga took Best Director honors for Yellow Rock at the 2011 Red Nation Film Festival and the 2012 Western Heritage Awards, and the film was awarded a Western Heritage Award for Theatrical Motion Picture. Under his Vallelonga Productions banner, he has several projects in development, including the romantic comedies That’s Amore! and Men at Sea, the action films 10 Double Zero and Brute Force, and action/horror films Two Thieves and King of Vampires.  He is also adapting “The Court Martial of Daniel Boone,” “The Jimmy Roselli Story” and the bestselling faith based “The Reunion” into screenplays.

Boston-born Brian Currie (Produced by/Written by) became interested in screenwriting at an early age, first while attending St. John’s Prep in Massachusetts and later at Middlebury College in Vermont.  He’s had the good fortune of writing on major studio movies and independent films over the course of his career.  Currie enjoyed acting while studying at Emerson College in Boston, and his credits include Con AirMcFarland, USAStuck on YouThe Bold and the BeautifulInvincibleFever Pitch; and Armageddon.  In addition to his co-writing and producing on Green Book, Currie also plays Maryland State Trooper Hayes in a memorable sequence in the film.

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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