Hollywood fest to fete quartet


Actor Casey Affleck, screenwriter Christopher Hampton, director Brad Bird and visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar will be honored at the 11th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony on Oct. 22 at the Beverly Hilton.

Affleck, who stars in the upcoming "Gone Baby Gone," based on Dennis Lehane's novel and directed by brother Ben Affleck, will receive the Hollywood Breakthrough Actor of the Year Award. The younger Affleck stars opposite Brad Pitt in the soon-to-be released "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford."

Hampton, who will be honored as Hollywood Screenwriter of the Year, won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for 1988's "Dangerous Liaisons" and wrote the screenplay adaptation for the forthcoming "Atonement."

Bird, who won an Oscar for directing "The Incredibles," will accept the festival's Hollywood Animation of the Year honor for his summer hit "Ratatouille," while Farrar, an Oscar winner for "Cocoon," will accept the award for Visual Effects of the Year for "Transformers."

"We are honored that Casey Affleck, Christopher Hampton, Brad Bird and Scott Farrar will be honored for their outstanding work and creative vision at this year's festival," said Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive director of the Hollywood Film Festival.

The 11th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards is presented by Starz Entertainment.