Expect to hear these names a lot over the next several months. The first awards show of the season has unveiled a partial list of honorees, and a few of our favorites will be receiving their first trophies next month. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, earning raves for his performance as a young cancer patient in dramedy “50/50”, will receive the Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award at the annual Hollywood Awards, while Jessica Chastain, earning raves for all 40+ of her movies released this year, including “The Tree of Life” and “The Help”, will receive the Hollywood Breakthrough Actress Award. British thesp Felicity Jones will receive the New Hollywood Award for her work in “Like Crazy.”
Chastain will be honored twice as she and the cast of “The Help” (along with Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel) will be receiving the Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award. Veteran actor Christopher Plummer will also be honored with the Supporting Actor award for “Beginngers”, and Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, Editor Stephen Mirrione, Production Designer James Murakami and Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Farrar will receive awards as well. Johnny Depp voiced “Rango” will also be honored with additional honorees to be named. All the big ones like Best Actor and Actress are presumably still to come.
Last year, Andrew Garfield and Mia Wasikowska took home Breakthrough Actor and Actress, while Jennifer Lawrence and Zack Galifianakis were New Hollywood Award recipients, so Gordon-Levitt, Chastain and Jones are in good company as they head into an awards season where all three are hoping – and expected – to bring home more trophies on the way to Oscar. The Hollywood Awards ceremony will take place on October 24, 2011.