The Newport Beach Film Festival is proud to continue its tradition of recognizing superior achievements in global cinema. From composing, to acting and screenwriting, this year’s honorees are legends and leaders in their craft.
This year the honorees include:
NBFF Woman of Distinction Award for Outstanding Contribution to Acting
Kate Beckinsale is an English actress who appeared in the “Underworld” film series and has since starred in many action films, including “Van Helsing,” “Whiteout,” “Contraband,” and “Total Recall.” Her dramatic projects include “Snow Angels,” “Winged Creatures,” and “Nothing but the Truth” (for which she earned a Critic’s Choice Award nomination in 2008). She is currently starring in the comedy “Love & Friendship,” screening at this year’s NBFF.
Legend Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in Cinema
Burt Bacharach is a six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winning composer, songwriter, record producer, pianist and singer. His music and film scores have spanned six decades and included an impressive list of collaborations. Burt composed the score for “Po,” screening at this year’s NBFF.
Legend Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema
Rita Moreno has had a thriving acting career spanning six decades and is one of only twelve performers to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards, which include an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony. Some of her most memorable roles include Anita in “West Side Story” and Tuptim in “The King and I.” She is currently starring in the film, “Remember Me” screening at this year’s NBFF.
Award for Outstanding Contribution to Screenwriting
Screenwriter, playwright and novelist, Linda Woolverton was the first woman to write an animated feature screenplay for Disney with “Beauty and the Beast,” and the first and only female screenwriter with a sole writing credit on a billion-dollar film, “Alice in Wonderland.” Linda is a former guest lecturer at the NBFF seminar series and has several upcoming films and series including “Alice through the Looking Glass” and “Maleficent 2.”
Awards will be designed and presented by Tiffany and Co.
As part of the 2016 Honors, the Festival hosted a special celebration in London, England with its partner Visit Newport Beach, Inc., celebrating the film “Brooklyn” as Best Picture with special recognition to the director and screenwriter.