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Michelle Williams to receive Hollywood Actress Award

September 28, 2011 |  9:12 am

My Week with Marilyn

Michelle Williams begins her latest dash for an Oscar with a head start – she'll receive the Hollywood Actress Award at the Hollywood Film Festival on Oct. 24.

The festival is considered to be the launch of Oscar season when film industry leaders gather at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to salute leading awards candidates. Williams competes this year for her role as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn," which chronicles the experiences of a young employee of Laurence Olivier's while "The Prince and the Showgirl" was being filmed in 1957.

Williams has been nominated for an Oscar twice – as lead actress of "Blue Valentine" (2010) and supporting star of "Brokeback Mountain" (2005).

The Hollywood Film Festival will also honor Christopher Plummer with the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for "Beginners," Joseph Gordon-Levitt with the Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award for "50/50," Jessica Chastain with the Hollywood Breakthrough Actress Award for "The Tree of Life," "Coriolanus," "The Debt," "The Help" and "Take Shelter," and Felicity Jones with the New Hollywood Award for "Crazy Love."

Other honorees  will include the cast of "The Help" (Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel), cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, editor Stephen Mirrione, production designer James Murakami, and visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar at their annual awards gala. In addition, Gore Verbinski's "Rango" will be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards gala ceremony.


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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn." Credit: Weinstein Co.