Toronto: THR to Honor Idris Elba and Naomie Harris With Inaugural Breakthrough in Film Awards

Idris Elba Naomie Harris - H 2013
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Idris Elba Naomie Harris - H 2013

The stars of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" will be honored Sept. 8 at the Thompson Hotel, at a gala ceremony sponsored by Bulgari.

The stars of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, will receive The Hollywood Reporter's inaugural Breakthrough in Film Awards at this year's Toronto Film Festival.

The awards, presented by Bulgari, will be given at the Thompson Hotel on Sunday, Sept. 8, during THR's exclusive TIFF cocktail reception.

"The Hollywood Reporter Breakthrough in Film Awards highlights the incredible work of emerging talent," said Janice Min, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter. "We are thrilled to recognize Idris Elba and Naomie Harris for their roles in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a film which tells one of the most important stories of our time."

The Breakthrough in Film Awards were created to honor the work of an actor and actress in leading roles whose performances mark turning points in their respective careers. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom -- already an Oscar contender -- is based on South African President Nelson Mandela's eponymous autobiography chronicling his early life, coming of age, and the 27 years he spent in prison before becoming president. The film will be released by The Weinstein Company on Nov. 29.

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"Bulgari has been synonymous with glamour and style since the 1950s. It is an immense pleasure, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, for Bulgari to recognize two fantastic actors whom we believe are at the tipping point of their careers, actors who will be the superstars of this coming year and many more to come," said Stephane Gerschel, head of global communications at Bulgari.

Elba is best-known for his starring role in BBC's Luther, for which he won a Golden Globe; his work as Stringer Bell in the critically lauded HBO series The Wire; and a guest stint on Showtime's The Big C, which earned him an Emmy nomination. His film work has recently taken center stage, with performances in ThorPrometheus and Pacific Rim.

Harris' breakout starring role was playing Selena in Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, a supporting turn as Tia Dalma/Calypso in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films, and as Eve Moneypenny in the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall.