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Hollywood Film Fest announces World Awards, tributes to Waltz, Frechette

October 20, 2009 | 11:04 am


Actor Christoph Waltz, who single-handedly stole Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," and humanitarian the Rev. Rick Frenchette are the latest additions to the Hollywood Film Festival and Film Awards' growing list of honorees at their Gala Ceremony on Oct. 26 in Beverly Hills. The festival also announced its list of nominees for the Hollywood World Awards, which includes films by Jane Campion and Michael Haneke. 

Waltz will receive the Hollywood Supporting Actor award for his peerless performance as Nazi officer Hans Landa, the elegantly sinister antagonist in "Basterds"; the turn, which has brought the veteran actor international acclaim, also earned him the Best Actor Award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. He is currently handling villain duties again for a major feature, this time in Michel Gondry's "The Green Hornet" with Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz.

Frechette, recipient of the Hollywood Humanitarian Award, has devoted his life to the care of sick children in the Caribbean and around the globe. The Roman Catholic priest serves as director of medical services for Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos International overseeing St. Damien's hospital, which provides long-term care to critically ill children and outpatient service to 30,000 individuals, as well as the St. Helene orphanage. Frenchette also cares the destitute, sick and dying with the Sisters of Mother Teresa. 

As for the Hollywood World Awards, the nominees are:

--"Bright Star" (UK/Australia), Jane Campion
--"I Am Love" (Italy), Luca Guadagnino
--"Lourdes" (France/Austria), Jessica Hausner
--"A Prophet" (France), Jacques Audiard
--"The White Ribbon" (Germany), Michael Haneke

"Screen International" editor Michael Goodridge chairs the panel of international judges who will choose the winner. The panel also includes film critics Howard Feinstein, Derek Malcolm, Sandra Hebron and Jonathan Romney; Clare Stewart, director of the Sydney Film Festival; and Jacob Neiiendam, director of the Copenhagen Film Festival.

The winner of the World Award is generally considered to be a leading contender for other major awards. Among previous winners are "The Motorcycle Diaries," "The Sea Inside" and "Mrs. Henderson Presents."

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds." Credit: Weinstein Co.