Halle Berry, Guillermo Del Toro, Zoe Saldana, Charlie Hunnam and More to Be Honored at 2014 Huading Film Awards, 6/1; Lucy Liu Hosts
China's No. 1 film awards show will take place in Hollywood for The First Time with leading talent accepting accolades based on the votes of 80 million fans. Halle Berry, Guillermo del Toro, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Renner, Charlie Hunnam and Hans Zimmer will accept key honors for their work at the Huading Film Awards at The Montalban Theater in Los Angeles on June 1st. This historic event will allow American motion picture artists to directly acknowledge and express thanks to Chinese moviegoers who support their films. Industry legend Don Mischer will produce the event.
EMMY nominated actress and current star of CBS's Elementary, Lucy Liu, will co-host the show alongside prominent Chinese television personality Olivia Xu.
Academy Award winner, Halle Berry, star of X-Men and the highly anticipated new CBS series Extant produced by Steven Spielberg is set to receive the Global Icon Award as the film star selected by the people of China for her extraordinary impact in motion pictures. She made history as the first African-American woman to win the Best Actress Oscar for her powerful performance in Monster's Ball.
Jeremy Renner, multi-talented actor, producer and musician, will be recognized as the Best Global Supporting Actor for his riveting performance in American Hustle. The Oscar nominated actor (The Town, The Hurt Locker) is slated to star in the upcoming installments of the highly successful Bourne Legacy and Avengers franchises.
Visionary director Guillermo del Toro, best known for Pacific Rim, Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth, will receive the Huading Film Award for Best Global Director. The Oscar nominated director's next film Crimson Tide stars fellow Huading Film Award winner Charlie Hunnam and his new TV series, The Strain, premieres on FX on July 13th.
Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg will accept top honors for The Croods, which was voted the Best Global Animated Film of 2013 by Chinese moviegoers. Under his leadership, Dreamworks has brought together families and audiences from around the world with Kung Fu Panda, which set the record as the #1 animated film when it was released in China. The third installment of the hit franchise is set to premiere in December 2015.
Actress and producer Zoe Saldana will be recognized as Best Global Supporting Actress for her starring role in Star Trek Into Darkness. She will be seen on screen reprising the role Neytiri in James Cameron's epic Avatar films, filmed in large part on location in China.
Filmmaker Brett Ratner will present a special clip of his upcoming blockbuster, Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson. One of Hollywood's most successful filmmakers, Ratner's films as a director alone have grossed close to $2 billion worldwide including the Rush Hour trilogy, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Red Dragon.
Charlie Hunnam captured the attention of audiences and critics in his role as Jackson 'Jax' Teller in FX's highest rated drama in history, Sons of Anarchy. He is being recognized as the Best Global Emerging Actor at the Huading Film Awards.
Fast & Furious 6 will be celebrated as the Best Global Movie of the year based on the popular vote of Chinese film fans. Tyrese Gibson and Jordana Brewster, known to audiences around the world as "Roman Pearce" and "Mia Toretto" from the popular franchise, will be on hand to accept the award on behalf of the Producers of the film.
Oscar and GRAMMY nominated composer and music producer Hans Zimmer will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for extraordinary motion picture scoring. He has composed music for over 100 films, including Gladiator, Inception, The Lion King, The Dark Knight, Kung Fu Panda, Pirates of the Caribbean and most recently, 12 Years a Slave.
The Huading Film Awards will be broadcast in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The telecast will air on the International Chinese Network (ICN), Phoenix TV, CCTV, the largest TV network in China and the Xinhua News Agency, the leading news agency in China. The show is expected to reach an audience of over 1 billion viewers through broadcast and an additional 400 million viewers online.
"Right now, both the Chinese and American film industries are at a very important development phase, and both are facing unprecedented opportunities and challenges," said Mr. Wang, Founder of the Huading Awards. "With the Huading Film Awards coming to Hollywood, it opens a door for Chinese films to the world. This awards show represents an historic first for both nations. It is a powerful example of the cooperation between China and the U.S. We hope to work with our American friends and build a mutually beneficial bridge between Chinese audiences and American films."
The Huading Film Awards are selected by the public in China, with an estimated 80 million fans voting through polls and surveys in which they select the best films, directors, producers and actors in the industry. The show is produced by Don Mischer Productions with a talented team comprised of Don Mischer, Charlie Haykel, and Juliane Hare with Danette Herman as a Co-Producer.
"The Huading Awards from Hollywood mark the first step in bringing two movie loving cultures together to celebrate their common love of cinema," said Mr. Mischer. "Chinese directors and filmmakers have long influenced the world's most successful filmmakers. Of the top 20 box office hits in China last year, eleven were from the U.S. The Chinese movie market grew by 35% last year alone, and soon it will take its place as the leading movie market in the world."
The Huading Film Awards will feature three exclusive performances. The famed Jabbawockeez, winners of the hit MTV reality show, America's Best Dance Crew, will captivate with their moves. The Shaolin Warriors, credited with creating Kung Fu, will showcase their martial arts prowess. Master Zhao, a professional magician, will thrill audiences with his artistry. Presenters will include film and television actor James Hong and Chinese actor, stunt man, and music artist George Cheung.
About Global Talent Media Group: The Huading Awards were launched by Global Talent Media Group (GTMG), a Beijing based multi-media company. The organization is engaged in print, web and TV media content, consumer market research and public opinion surveys. Founded in 2006, GTMG is a division of Hua Ding Tai Fu Investments Group, with interests in the media, real estate, and automotive industries.
About Don Mischer Productions: Industry legend Don Mischer and his team have directed and/or produced The Oscars and The Oscars Red Carpet live, The Primetime EMMY Awards (the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences), President Obama's Inaugural Concert at the Lincoln Memorial, The Kennedy Center Honors, Celebration of Hong Kong's re-unification with China, the Opening Ceremonies of both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games and Super Bowl Halftime Shows with Prince, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen.
Photo Credit: Walter McBride