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AMERICAN HUSTLE to be Honored with Hollywood Costume & Production Design Awards

"American Hustle," the new film directed by David O. Russell, will be honored with the Hollywood Costume and Production Design Awards, it was announced today by Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards. The honor will be bestowed to Michael Wilkinson and Judy Becker, costume designer and production designer of the film, respectively, at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Commenting on the announcement, de Abreu said, "As David O. Russell does so well, 'American Hustle' focuses on the emotional lives of characters who are conning each other, but also conning themselves as they remake themselves in classic American fashion. For this film, Judy Becker and Michael Wilkinson have created the perfect backdrop for these characters with an authentic and glamorous vision of the 1970s, its spaces and clothes, also manage to look entirely original on the screen. We're thrilled to be honoring Judy and Michael with these awards."

The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers, and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.

The 2013 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will be honoring the prolific and legendary producer Jerry Weintraub with the Hollywood Legend Award, Academy Award-nominated actor Harrison Ford with this year's Hollywood Career Achievement Award, actor Matthew McConaughey with the Hollywood Actor Award, Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock with the Hollywood Actress Award, Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal with the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts with the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award, actor Jared Leto with the Hollywood Breakout Performance Award for "Dallas Buyers Club," actress Lupita Nyong'o with the New Hollywood Award for "12 Year A Slave," director Lee Daniels with the Hollywood Director Award, director Steve McQueen with the Hollywood Breakout Director Award, producer Michael De Luca with the Hollywood Producer Award, and screenwriters Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater with the Hollywood Screenwriter Award. Other honorees include director Dan Scalon for "Monsters University" with the Hollywood Animation Award, and the movie "Pacific Rim" for visual effects.

Last year's awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers' impressions.

The work of Michael Wilkinson includes the hit films 300 and Tron: Legacy; Wilkinson was nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award and a Saturn Award for both projects. Previously, Wilkinson won the Saturn Award for Zack Snyder's widely praised action thriller Watchmen, and was nominated for the CDG Award for his contemporary designs seen in the international ensemble drama Babel. Wilkinson's most recent work includes the costumes for Man of Steel and Darren Aronofsky's epic re-imagining of the biblical Noah. Wilkinson's additional film credits include Sucker Punch, Terminator Salvation, Jonah Hex, The Nanny Diaries, Friends with Money, Party Monster, American Splendor, and Garden State. For television, Wilkinson designed the HBO project "Luck," directed by Michael Mann. Earlier in his career, Wilkinson worked as a design assistant for such films as The Wachowski Brothers, The Matrix, and Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet. Beyond film, Wilkinson's theater work includes award-winning costume designs for the Sydney Theater Company, Opera Australia, the Australian Dance Theater, Radio City Hall, and the Ensemble Theatre. He has also works in special events, having created hundreds of designs for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Judy Becker is a frequent collaborator with David O.Russell, including on The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook. Amongst the numerous accolades she received for The Fighter was the Art Directors Guild Nomination for Excellence in Production Design. She has worked with some of today's most acclaimed directors, including with Todd Haynes on I'm Not There, with Ang Lee on Brokeback Mountain, and with Lynne Ramsay on We Need to Talk About Kevin. Becker has served as production designer on many other notable films, including Zach Braff's Garden State, Steve McQueen's Shame, and Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris's Ruby Sparks. Becker received an Art Directors Guild Award for her design of Lena Dunham's groundbreaking HBO show "Girls."

A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, "American Hustle" tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell's previous films, "American Hustle" defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes. The film is directed by David O. Russell, written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, and produced by Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, and Megan Ellison.

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The Hollywood Film Awards, founded in 1997, were created to celebrate Hollywood and launch the awards season. The recipients of the awards are selected by an Advisory Team for their body of work and/or a film(s) that is to be released during the calendar year. In the last 10 years, a total of 96 Oscar nominations and 34 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards. For additional information, visit

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