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Erykah Badu, Shelley Duvall, ‘Brewster McCloud’ to be honored at Texas Film Awards

Joe Gross
Shelley Duvall in "Brewster McCloud." Duvall and the movie will be honored this year at the Texas Film Awards. [Contributed by Austin Film Society]

More stars are set to lauded at the Texas Film Awards next month.

Austin Film Society will induct Shelley Duvall into the Texas Film Hall of Fame, and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, producer and performer Erykah Badu will receive the soundtrack award, the film society announced last week.

Both will be honored on March 12 at the Texas Film Awards’ 20th anniversary celebration.

In addition, AFS will honor Robert Altman’s 1970 film “Brewster McCloud” with the “Star of Texas Award,” which will be accepted by two of the film’s stars, Duvall and Michael Murphy.

Written and directed by Altman, “Brewster McCloud” was shot on location in and around Houston and stars Bud Cort as a weird kid living in the Houston Astrodome and trying to build a pair of wings. (Which is to say, Hollywood in the 1970s was wild, folks.)

On March 11, AFS will host a special screening of “Brewster McCloud” with Duvall and Murphy in attendance at the AFS Cinema.

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Tickets will go on sale to AFS members on Feb. 20 and to the general public Feb. 21.

Both actors were Altman regulars. Murphy, an appealing screen presence even when playing morally dicey people, appeared in more Altman movies (including “MASH,” “Nashville,” “Kansas City” and “Tanner ’88”) than any other actor in the director's storied ensembles.

Altman “discovered” Duvall in Houston to star in “McCloud”; she was not an actress previously. The film also starred Stacey Keach and Sally Kellerman.

Duvall went onto appear is some of Altman’s most visionary movies (like “3 Women” — for which she won Cannes Film Festival’s best actress award and a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award — “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” and “Nashville”) and one of his oddest (“Popeye” really does have to be seen to be believed).

Duvall’s most famous role was as the rather put-upon Mrs. Jack Torrance in “The Shining,” an experience that looked no fun at all. She has appeared in films by Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Woody Allen and Jane Campion. Duvall also was a presence in children’s programming throughout the 1980s via “Faerie Tale Theatre,” “Mother Goose Rock ’N’ Rhyme” and other series which she wrote, produced and directed. Duvall has been retired since 2002.

Dallas native Badu is one of the most important soul artists of her generation. Readers will recall her excellent debut “Badizm” (1997), her still-bananas-good 2000 album “Mama’s Gun” (which turns 20 in November thanks to the inexorable march of time) and the high weirdness of “New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War” and “New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh.”

She also has appeared in such movies as “What Men Want,” “The Cider House Rules,” “Blues Brothers 2000” and “House of D.” Her songs have been in a whole mess of movies.

AFS recently announced they also will honor actress Kaitlyn Dever (“Booksmart,” “Unbelievable,” “Justified”) with the rising star award at this year’s ceremony. Parker Posey will serve as master of ceremonies and Grammy Award-winner Adrian Quesada will take the stage as music director and also perform during the event.