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The Hollywood Critics Association is set to give Nicolas Cage its Acting Achievement Award and Guillermo del Toro this year’s Filmmaking Achievement Award at the 5th annual HCA Awards ceremony on Jan. 8.
The intimate awards show will also see cinematographer Alice Brooks receive the Artisan on the Rise Award and Saniyya Sidney accept the Star on the Rise Award. This year’s honorary awards will be part of the HCA Film Awards ceremony at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles that will be live-streamed on the official HCA YouTube channel.
Cage will be feted for his Hollywood career and memorable roles in Leaving Las Vegas, Face/Off, Raising Arizona and his recent performance in Michael Sarnoski’s debut feature Pig.
“Nicolas Cage is one of the most well-known actors working today. His career, which spans over four decades, covers every genre from action to comedy to drama. Cage has played countless iconic roles over the years including H.I. McDunnough in Raising Arizona, Peter Loew in Vampire’s Kiss, Ben Sanderson in Leaving Las Vegas, Castor Troy in Face/Off, Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman in Adaptation, Big Daddy in Kick-Ass, and Red Miller in Mandy, just to name a few,” HCA president Nestor Bentancor said in a statement.
“His latest performance as Rob in Pig has been widely praised as not only one of the best performances of the year but of his career,” Bentancor added.
Oscar-winning The Shape of Water director del Toro will also be honored at this year’s awards show. “He is the type of filmmaker whose work makes audiences fall in love with movies over and over again,” HCA co-founder Ashley Menzel said.
In 2021, Brooks was cinematographer on two musicals, In The Heights and Tick, Tick … Boom! and will reunite with Jon M. Chu for the upcoming movie production of Wicked. Sidney, who plays tennis superstar Venus Williams in the Warner Bros. movie King Richard, will be presented with the Star on the Rise Award after other star turns in Fast Color, Fences and Hidden Figures.
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