Whoopi Goldberg, Lady Gaga, Donald Trump Celebrity Impersonators Set for THE REEL AWARDS, Feb 22

Whoopi Goldberg, Lady Gaga, Donald Trump Celebrity Impersonators Set for THE REEL AWARDS, Feb 22

Lights! Cameras! Action! International Celebrity Images will present The 22nd Production of THE REEL AWARDS, an entertaining two and a half-hour tongue in cheek parody, homage, spoof and tribute to the real Academy Awards, on Monday, February 22, 2016 at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino; 129 East Fremont Street; Las Vegas, NV 89101. Then, from Tuesday through Thursday, February 23 - 25, 2016, the Tribute Artists Convention will be presented at the hotel as well.

Janna Joos, Co-Founder of THE REEL AWARDS and International Celebrity Images will serve as Producer and Director of the Convention and Awards Show and Alana Joos, Co-Founder of THE REEL AWARDS and Entertainment Express, will serve as the Co-Producer and Production Coordinator for the Convention and Awards Show.

Janna Joos said, "We are thrilled to be celebrating our 22nd production of THE REEL AWARDS in the celebrity impersonator capitol of the world, Las Vegas. Since its inception in 1992, THE REEL AWARDS has always been a time to bring together the best of the professionals in the Celebrity Impersonation business for a really fun-filled and entertaining awards show including live performances, comedic show hosts and awards. The show is full of high camp, backed by a whole lot of talent; it's a real hoot! During that same week our Tribute Artists Convention offers participants the opportunity to meet and network with others in the business, attend seminars and perform in showcases for talent bookers, managers, agents, producers and the general public."

THE REEL AWARDS will kick off on Monday, February 22, 2016 with Red Carpet Arrivals and Interviews with the media and the general public from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. on Fremont Street in front of the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino hosted by JOAN RIVERS impersonator, Dee Dee Hanson. Awards Show Nominees and other VIP Celebrity Impersonators, Look-Alikes, Sound-Alikes, Tribute Artists, Awards Show Presenters and Awards Show Entertainers, all of whom will be bejeweled and highly accessorized to the hilt, hobnobbing and engaging in small chat to the delight of all those in attendance, including the glitterati, paparazzi and fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the stars.

Co-hosted by an unlikely couple of comedians, impersonators Marcel Forestieri as DONALD TRUMP and Bettina Williams as WHOOPI GOLDBERG, THE REEL AWARDS will be held in the Gordie Brown Showroom of The Golden Nugget Hotel from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. on Monday, February 22nd and include "live" performances by: Sherrie Rae Parker as BETTE MIDLER; Leonard Quenneville and Partner as BIG & RICH; Keith George as BOY GEORGE; Rosemarie Ballard as CARMEN MIRANDA; Shawn Barker as JOHNNY CASH; Sandy Vee Anderson as DOLLY PARTON; Rob Garrett as NEIL DIAMOND and Christina Shaw as LADY GAGA.

Tribute Artist Talent from around the world and throughout the United States will be in attendance at THE REEL AWARDS paying tribute to real celebrities like: PAMELA ANDERSON, BOY GEORGE, BRITNEY SPEARS, SHARON OSBOURNE, OZZY OSBOURNE, WALTER WHITE, GEORGE MICHAEL, TINA TURNER, CHER, HILLARY CLINTON, DONALD TRUMP, HUGH HEFNER, AUSTIN POWERS, MAE WEST, DAME EDNA, JOHNNY DEPP, ROBIN WILLIAMS, LADY GAGA, CARMEN MIRANDA, SEAN CONNERY, NEIL DIAMOND, ELVIS PRESLEY, TAYLOR SWIFT, SOPHIA LOREN, TIM McGRAW, CLAY WALKER, TRINITY from The Matrix, MARILYN MONROE, MARTHA STEWART, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, MARIAH CAREY, FRANK SINATRA, ROBERT DeNIRO, ELIZABETH TAYLOR, JOHNNY CASH, RAY CHARLES, DOLLY PARTON, BETTE MIDLER, BIG & RICH, and more....

Unlike the real Academy Awards where the winners receive gold Oscar statuettes, winning recipients of THE REEL AWARDS are presented with a 16 inch inscribed "film reel can" by fellow Celebrity Impersonators in awards show style. In other words, "The Can Please!" Recipients of THE REEL AWARDS are nominated by their industry peers through an electronic ballot process based on their performances and accomplishments throughout the year.

General Admission Tickets for THE REEL AWARDSä are $25 each and may be purchased through the Golden Nugget Box Office at 866-946-5336. For more event information, visit the website, www.thereelawards.com or call 818-231-0931.

The Tribute Artists Convention will be held from Tuesday through Thursday, February 23 - 25, 2016 in the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino. On Tuesday and Wednesday, February 23rd and 24th from 2:00 - 4:45 p.m. each day in the Gordie Brown Showroom, Celebrity Impersonator Showcases will be held which are open for the general public to attend at $10 per day. Tickets can be purchased through the Golden Nugget Box Office at 866-946-5336.

In addition, as part of the Freemont Street Experience at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, FREE live performances will be given by Celebrity Tribute Artists on the First Street Stage from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 21st, Tuesday, February 23rd and Wednesday, February 24th.

The 22nd Production of THE REEL AWARDS recognizes the talents and achievements of outstanding individuals or groups who perform in the field of impersonation. THE REEL AWARDS was initially conceived in 1989 by Janna Joos of International Celebrity Images and Alana Joos of Entertainment Express. Together they came up with the idea of an Awards Show for Celebrity Impersonators and Look-Alikes as a way of acknowledging their professional performances in the entertainment industry, as well as encouraging up and coming new talent.

The first Awards Show was presented in March 1992 in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the home of the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1928. THE REEL AWARDS loving spoofs other awards shows like the Academy Awardsä. Instead of the "Oscar," the award recipients receive the "Can," which is a film reel inscribed with the category and winner's name.

Honors are awarded to those who have contributed their talents to the entertainment industry and also to those who have paralleled the success of some of Hollywood's most famous entertainers in movies, television and music, as well as famous names in politics and sports. Recipients of THE REEL AWARDS are nominated by their industry peers through an electronic ballot process based on their performances and accomplishments throughout the year.

The roster of Celebrity Impersonators and Look-Alikes has made this event a favorite with the general public and media alike. THE REEL AWARDS have been featured in the media from Los Angeles to Austria, Japan and Israel, as well as on the BBC, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Bill Geist and CBS Sunday Morning Show, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, E! Entertainment, People Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, to name a few. To learn more, visit www.thereelawards.com.

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