Screenwriter and director Paul Thomas Anderson will accept the inaugural Jonathan Demme Award, and Variety executive editor Steven Gaydos will present Armie Hammer with Variety’s “One to Acclaim” award at this year’s Texas Film Awards. The March 8 gala will be held at the Austin Film Society Cinema.
Jonathan Demme, a longtime Austin Film Society Advisory Board member, was considered a patron saint of Texas film. AFS worked with Demme’s family to select Anderson for the inaugural award. Anderson became close with the Texas film community when he shot "There Will Be Blood” in Marfa.
The “One to Acclaim” award honors actors and filmmakers who have achieved excellence early in their careers. Hammer currently stars in Luca Guadagnino’s "Call Me By Your Name," which has been nominated for four Oscars. Hammer can next be seen in “Final Portrait,” directed by Stanley Tucci, which opens March 23. The film will premiere at South by Southwest.
Anderson is an eight-time Academy Award nominee, best know for “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” “There Will Be Blood” and “Phantom Thread” currently in theaters.
Hammer is best know for “Call Me By Your Name” and appeared in Ben Wheatly's “Free Fire” Clint Eastwood's “J. Edgar” and as the Winklevoss twins in the award-winning film “The Social Network.”
For more information about purchasing a ticket to the gala, contact Meghan Malon at Meghan@austinfilm.org.