Hamptons Film Festival to Honor Dick Cavett

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The Long Island event, which has a history of screening eventual best-picture winners, will close with the U.S. premiere of Margot Robbie's Tonya Harding biopic and feature a special event celebrating the critically acclaimed horror film, 'Get Out,' released earlier this year.

The Hamptons International Film Festival is set to honor Dick Cavett with the inaugural Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award. The award, this year presented by HIFF co-chairman Alec Baldwin will recognize someone who has supported the arts throughout their career and made a significant impact and contribution within the industry.

"Of course, when it came time to create an award on behalf of those in our industry who have supported artists and the arts in unique and indelible ways, we realized we not only had to name the award after Dick, but also give our first award to him," Baldwin said in a statement. "Cavett’s television program was a showcase for artists like no other, and his work with HIFF over the years is something we are most grateful for."

The 25th anniversary edition of the event, it was recently announced, will close with the U.S. premiere of Margot Robbie's Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya, directed by Craig Gillespie and will feature a special event for the critically acclaimed horror film, Get Out, released earlier this year.

The festival will also feature screenings of Joe Wright's Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ben Mendelsohn; Paul McGuigan’s Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell; Reginald Hudlin’s Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown and Kate Hudson; Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), starring Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson; and Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck, starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams.

Stars expected to attend the festival include Jamie Bell, Annette Bening, Jason Blum, Josh Gad, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Jenkins, Daniel Kaluuya, Jordan Peele, Margot Robbie, Sam Rockwell and Allison Williams. Bening will participate in one of the festival's signature "A Conversation With …" discussions, conducted by HIFF board member and actor Bob Balaban.

HIFF, the only East Coast film festival to have screened the eventual best-picture winner at the Oscars for the past seven years in a row, is set to take place over Columbus Day weekend, from Oct. 5-9. More information about the festival is available here.