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Dallas Star Awards

The Dallas International Film Festival Star Award honors individuals who have made important contributions to modern cinema and the advancement of the art of film.

2013 Star Award Recipients

William Friedkin
William Friedkin
Director
FRENCH CONNECTION, THE EXORCIST, SORCERER, TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA

Sherry Lansing
Studio Executive and Philanthropist
20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sherry Lansing Foundation


Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Actress
BOBBY, SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, SMASHED

2012 Star Award Recipients


Laura Linney
Actress
THE TRUMAN SHOW, THE SAVAGES, MYSTIC RIVER

Glen Keane
Animator, Texas Avery Award
THE LITTLE MERMAID, POCAHONTAS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST


Bernie Pollack
Costume Designer
RAIN MAN, TOOTSIE, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN

Gabourey Sidibe
Actress
PRECIOUS, TOWER HEIST, The Big C


Eric Pleskow
Special Honoree
United Artists and Orion Pictures

 

2011 Star Award Recipients


Ann-Margret
Actress
BYE BYE BIRDIE, STATE FAIR, TOMMY

Steve James
Documentary filmmaker
AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR, NO CROSSOVER:
THE TRIAL OF ALLEN IVERSON, THE INTERRUPTERS


Scott Z. Burns
Writer/director/producer
CONTAGION, THE INFORMANT!, BOURNE ULTIMATUM

Horton Foote (posthumously)
Dramatist and screenwriter
The Young Man From Atlanta, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, TENDER MERCIES


Chris Sanders
Director, screenwriter, animator
MULAN, LILO & STITCH, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

Dean DeBlois
Director, screenwriter, animator
LILO & STITCH, HEIMA, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON


John Lithgow
2011 Art of Film Honoree
Actor: TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP

 

2010 Star Award Recipients


Guillermo Arriaga
Screenwriter, Director and Producer
BABEL, 21 GRAMS, THE BURNING PLAIN

Frank Darabont
Director, Screenwriter and Producer
THE SHAWKSHANK REDEMPTION, THE GREEN MILE


John Lee Hancock
Screenwriter and Director
THE BLIND SIDE, THE ROOKIE, THE ALAMO

Amber Heard
Actress
THE JONESES, ZOMBIELAND, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS


Pedro Infante (posthumously)
Actor
TIZOC, NOSOTROS LOS POBRES

Wally Pfister
Cinematographer
MEMENTO, THE DARK KNIGHT, INCEPTION


Pete Docter
TEXAS AVERY ANIMATION AWARD
PRESENTED BY REEL FX ENTERTAINMENT
Director: MONSTER’S INC, UP

Robert Duvall
2010 Art of Film Honoree
Actor
TENDER MERCIES, THE GODFATHER, APOCALYPSE NOW

 

2009 Star Award Recipients


Kathryn Bigelow
Director
THE HURT LOCKER, POINT BREAK

Peter Bogdanovich
Director, Actor and Author
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, MASK


Adrien Brody
Actor
THE BROTHERS BLOOM, THE PIANIST

Rita Hayworth
Actor
GILDA, COVER GIRL


Henry Selick
Director, Production Designer, Screenwriter
TEXAS AVERY ANIMATION AWARD
PRESENTED BY REEL FX ENTERTAINMENT
CORALINE, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Robert Towne
Screenwriter and Director
CHINATOWN, THE FIRM, TEQUILA SUNRISE

 

2008 Star Award Recipients


Helen Hunt
Actor, Director
THEN SHE FOUND ME, AS GOOD AS IT GETS

Mickey Rooney
Actor
NATIONAL VELVET, BOYS TOWN


Jack Lemmon (posthumously)
Actor
SOME LIKE IT HOT, THE ODD COUPLE

Todd Wagner
Founder, Todd Wagner Foundation,
CEO 2929 Entertainment Producer
AKEELAH AND THE BEE, GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK


Charlize Theron
Actor
MONSTER, BATTLE IN SEATTLE

Chris Wedge
TEXAS AVERY ANIMATION AWARD
PRESENTED BY REEL FX ENTERTAINMENT
Director: ICE AGE, ROBOTS

 

2007 Star Award Recipients


Lauren Bacall
Actor
TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, DARK PASSAGE

Alan & Marilyn Bergman
Lyricists/Composer
YENTL, TOOTSIE


David Lynch
Director, Producer, Screenwriter
INLAND EMPIRE, BLUE VELVET

Sarah Polley
Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
AWAY FROM HER, THE SWEET HEREAFTER


Sydney Pollack
Director, Producer, Actor
OUT OF AFRICA, TOOTSIE

Jack Valenti (posthumously)
Former president and CEO of the Motion
Picture Association of America


Francis Ford Coppola
Director, Producer, Screenwriter
THE GODFATHER: I, II & III, APOCALYPSE NOW

Gregory Peck (posthumously)
Actor
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, ROMAN HOLIDAY


Marvin Hamlish
Composer
A CHORUS LINE, THE STING

L to R
Owen Wilson
Actor
BOTTLE ROCKET, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
Andrew Wilson
Actor, Director
THE WENDELL BAKER STORY
Luke Wilson
Actor
BOTTLE ROCKET, RUSHMORE

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