De Niro, Douglas, Firth, Blunt and 'Simpsons' among upcoming award honorees
Are you sitting down? Hope so, because an eclectic array of celebrities -- dare we say dizzyingly eclectic -- will receive special awards from a variety of special award ceremonies in the coming months. The honorees include established Hollywood legends like Kirk Douglas and Robert De Niro, as well as up-and-comers like Emily Blunt, and even the creators of "The Simpsons." It's a heck of a list, so I suggest making notes as you read.
De Niro will actually receive two awards at the end of 2009. First up is the Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Gala Awards Ceremony, which will bestow the "Hollywood Actor Award" on him for his upcoming film "Everybody's Fine" on Oct. 26 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. De Niro is the latest addition to the Gala Awards' lineup, which we mentioned in a recent post.
De Niro will then need more room on his mantle on Nov. 5, when the British Academy of Film and Television/Los Angeles (or BAFTA/LA, as it's known to its friends), honors him with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. He'll be in good company at that event, which takes place at the Hyatt Regency Plaza Hotel; also receiving awards that night are Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas, thinking ladies' romantic icon Colin Firth, "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle, and "Young Victoria" star Emily Blunt. Oh, and Stephen Fry will host, so expect the bon mots to flow like wine.
Speaking of U.K. institutions, television host and interviewer David Frost, whose small screen sparring with ex-President Richard Nixon was the subject of the recent feature "Frost/Nixon," will be presented with the International Emmy Founders Award during the International Emmys on Nov. 23. The awards, which showcase excellence in television production outside the U.S., will also feature an appearance by Nixon's former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (an amusing touch of coincidence, that), who will present the Directorate Award to Markus Schacter, head of the German public-service channel ZDF.
On a somewhat lighter note, the Paley Center for Media will celebrate "The Simpsons'" 20th season with a gala event on Dec. 8 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. No word at this time on who from the voice or creative team will be present for the event.
And last, but most certainly not least, the European Film Academy will pay tribute to French actress Isabelle Huppert at the European Film Awards in Bochum, Germany. Huppert, who previously won European Film Awards for "The Piano Teacher" and "8 femmes," will receive the European Achievement in World Cinema award at the event, which takes place on Dec. 12.
That oughta keep you busy for the rest of the year, no?
-- Paul Gaita
Pictured: Robert De Niro. Carolyn Cole / LAT