The first list of honorees for the 2020 SCAD Savannah Film Festival were announced Wednesday, including a recent Emmy winner for his work on HBO’s "Watchmen," one of the stars of Netflix’s "Strangers Things," and an "American Idol" star.
Millie Bobby Brown, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jennifer Hudson, Rachel Brosnahan, Delroy Lindo, Ethan Hawke and Glen Keane are among the first honorees announced, according to a news release from SCAD.
The festival will honor Abdul-Mateen II with the Distinguished Performance Award, Brosnahan and Lindo with the Spotlight Award, Bobby Brown with the Maverick Award, Hawke with the Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Award, Hudson with the Virtuoso Award, and Keane with the Lifetime Achievement in Animation Award. Additional honorees will be announced prior to the festival.
"We are not missing a beat this year, of course — 23 years of the SAVFF and nothing is going to stop that — so we are going virtual and we are bringing all the same energy and excitement that we always have here on ground but into your living room," said Andra Reeve-Rabb, the dean of entertainment arts at SCAD.
"There's nothing like the film festival to really help students launch their careers — we have these incredible panels, we have this accessibility to people that the students want to someday become.
"Because of the reputation of the SAVFF and the community here and everybody here are such artistic movie goers, nobody beats the Savannah audience and because of that reputation, all these people are saying yes."
Bobby Brown caught audiences’ attention with her role as Eleven in the hit Netflix series "Stranger Things." Recently, she appeared in another Netflix project, "Enola Holmes," and has appeared in blockbuster movies such as "Godzilla: King of the Monsters."
Abdul-Mateen II recently took home his first prime-time Emmy for his role as Cal Abar/Dr. Manhattan in HBO’s award-winning series "Watchmen." He has also appeared in "Black Mirror," "The Greatest Showman" and will be one of the featured cast members of "The Trial of the Chicago 7" as Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale.
Hudson earned attention when she appeared in "American Idol" but has shifted to prominent roles in films such as "Dreamgirls" and "Chi-Raq" and will next be seen as Aretha Franklin in the biopic "Respect."
Brosnahan recently helped SCAD with its spring commencement ceremony as the emcee, but she is also recognizable for her lead role in the Amazon series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." As for Lindo, he garnered critical praise for his role in the latest movie from director Spike Lee, "Da 5 Bloods." He is also a staple of other Lee films such as "Malcolm X" and "Crooklyn."
Hawke has had a renaissance of late with critically-praised roles in "First Reformed" as well as his recent work in "Tesla" as Nikola Tesla. Keane is most known for his directorial work on "Dear Basketball," which he collaborated on with John Williams and the late Kobe Bryant. He is currently directing the animated film event "Over the Moon," due to be released Oct. 23.
Entertainment Weekly returns as a media partner to help curate this year’s programming and moderate select talent panels. EW will host two exclusive panels: Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass Panel and Entertainment Weekly’s Breaking Big Panel and Awards. Panelists will be announced prior to the festival. Exclusive photo and video content will be available on EW.com and its social platforms.
The SCAD Savannah Film Festival is the largest university-run festival in the country and will take place virtually from Oct. 24-31.
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