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Friday, April 5, 2019

CinemaCon 2019, Day 4: Big Screen Achievement Awards

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With all business matters and breaking news, from the studios selling their product for the year to come to vendors peddling the latest in cinema technologies and concessions offerings to exhibitors voicing and tending to their various industry concerns, firmly in the rear view, CinemaCon 2019 came to its close with the Thursday night, no-worries tradition of the Big Screen Achievement Awards, honoring notable acting and filmmaking talent, most of whom involved in upcoming releases featured throughout the week at the various studio presentations. This year's complete list of honorees:

  • Breakthrough Filmmaker of the Year: Olivia Wilde
  • Action Star of the Year: David Harbour
  • International Star of the Year: Kevin Hart
  • Cinema Spotlight Award: Octavia Spencer
  • Directors of the Year: Joe & Anthony Russo
  • Ensemble of the Year: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna of Terminator: Dark Fate
  • Male Star of Tomorrow: Henry Golding
  • Female Stars of Tomorrow: Kaitlyn Dever & Beanie Feldstein
  • CinemaCon Vanguard Award: Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Comedy Stars of the Year: Charlize Theron & Seth Rogen
  • Cinema Icon Award: Steve Buscemi
As in previous years, a pre-awards show press conference at the OMNIA Nightclub adjacent to the show venue of the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Celebrity arrival times being unpredictable and still photographers and television news crews on the carpet being the awards winners' first, top priority stop, not every award ever stops by for the press conference stop. Below are the full videos of the sessions.

Olivia Wilde, Breakthrough Filmmaker of the Year,
with Coca-Cola Regal Films student film program winners
Shayain Lakhani and Devon Solwold

David Harbour, Action Star of the Year

Henry Golding, Male Star of Tomorrow

Jamie Lee Curtis, Cinema Vanguard Award recipient

Joe and Anthony Russo, Directors of the Year

Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen, Comedy Stars of the Year

Natalie Morales, host of Access and co-host of its daytime spinoff Access Live, returned as host for show for the third consecutive year.

(Very special thanks to Heather Lewandoski and the entire team at Rogers & Cowan for all their helpful and generous assistance at the convention, as well as Mitch Neuhauser and the CinemaCon crew)

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