'Gravity' Star Sandra Bullock to Receive Acting Honor at Hollywood Film Awards (Exclusive)

Gravity Trailer Screengrab - H 2013

Gravity Trailer Screengrab - H 2013

Sandra Bullock, the star of some of the most important and popular films in Hollywood history, will receive the Hollywood Actress Award at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards -- the first awards show of the 2013 season -- on Oct. 21 at the Beverly Hilton, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. (The Hollywood Film Awards is owned by affiliates of THR parent company Guggenheim Partners.)

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Previous recipients of the Hollywood Actress Award include Drew Barrymore (1999), Angelina Jolie (2000), Nicole Kidman (2001), Jennifer Aniston (2002), Diane Lane (2003), Annette Bening (2004 and 2010), Charlize Theron (2005), Penelope Cruz (2006), Marion Cotillard (2007 and 2012), Kristin Scott Thomas (2008), Hilary Swank (2009) and Michelle Williams (2011).

Bullock, 49, has starred in numerous films -- across genres -- that were highly critically-acclaimed and/or commercially successful. These include Jan de Bont's Speed (1994), Jon Turteltaub's While You Were Sleeping (1995), Joel Schumacher's A Time to Kill (1996), Forest Whitaker's Hope Floats (1998), Griffin Dunne's Practical Magic (1998), Betty Thomas' 28 Days (2000), Donald Petrie's Miss Congeniality (2000), Callie Khouri's Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002), Barbet Schroeder's Murder by Numbers (2002), Marc Lawrence's Two Weeks Notice (2002), Douglas McGrath's Infamous (2006), Alejandro Agresti's The Lake House (2006), Anne Fletcher's The Proposal (2009) and three films that were nominated for the best picture Oscar: Paul Haggis' Crash (2005), John Lee Hancock's The Blind Side (2009) and Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011). Crash took home that prize, and Bullock won the best actress Oscar for The Blind Side.

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This summer, Bullock and Melissa McCarthy proved a winning combo in Paul Feig's hilarious blockbuster, The Heat. And, at this fall's Telluride and Toronto film festivals, Bullock's performance in Alfonso Cuaron's awe-inspiring 3D space drama, Gravity, opposite her old friend George Clooney, earned her some of the best reviews of her career -- and widespread speculation that it will ultimately bring her the second best actress Oscar nomination of her career. Warner Bros. will release the film nationwide on Oct. 4. It is in recognition of this tremendous year, generally -- and for the latter performance, specifically -- that she is being recognized at the Hollywood Film Awards.

The Hollywood Film Awards are determined by founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu and an advisory committee. Last month, the Hollywood Film Awards and Dick Clark Productions, which also produced the Golden Globe Awards, entered into a partnership that could lead to the ceremony being televised in future years. Over the past 10 years, Hollywood Film Awards honorees went on to garner a total of 96 Oscar nominations and 34 Oscars.

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De Abreu tells THR, “We are honored to present the Hollywood Actress Award to Sandra for her outstanding work in Gravity. Holding the screen alone for a large part of the film, she delivers a stunning and emotionally layered performance that shows once again why she is one of Hollywood's most respected and popular actresses."

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