Jonathan Majors among this year's Texas Film Award honorees; here's how to go
It's always nice to remember which stars Texas can claim. This spring, the Texas Film Awards will honor another slate of the state's motion picture movers and shakers, including actor Jonathan Majors.
This year's 21st annual award ceremony from Austin Film Society will happen on March 3 at Luck, TX, Willie Nelson's Spicewood-area ranch that's amped up its event programming in recent years. That's a little earlier than usual: Traditionally, the Texas Film Awards have served as a kickoff to the annual SXSW Film & TV Festival, which this year runs March 10-18.
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Majors is set to receive this year's rising star award. Previous recipients include Kaitlyn Dever, Tye Sheridan and Jesse Plemons.
According to a news release, Majors grew up in Cedar Hill, a town southwest of Dallas. He's one of Hollywood's hottest rising stars. Majors will play the time-conquering villain Kang in Marvel movie "Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania," out Feb. 17, and he'll star opposite Michael B. Jordan in the "Rocky" franchise spinoff "Creed III" on March 3. He's also been seen in HBO's "Lovecraft Country" and movies like "Devotion," "Da 5 Bloods" and "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" (this writer's favorite movie of 2019).
The awards ceremony also will honor Austin's Janet and John Pierson, longtime champions of independent cinema who will be inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. Together, the couple make up what Austin Film Society calls the "first couple" of American independent cinema, thanks to their work as exhibitors, financiers and creators of the show "Split Screen." Janet Pierson was the head of South by Southwest's film arm from 2008 until last year, when she stepped into the role of director emeritus. John Pierson was on the faculty of the University of Texas Radio-TV-Film Department and wrote the book "Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes" about the Piersons' work with filmmakers like Spike Lee, Michael Moore, Kevin Smith and Austin's Richard Linklater.
Austin Film Society also will honor Warner Bros. Pictures Group co-chair and CEO Michael De Luca, a resident of Forth Worth, for his decades as a Hollywood producer and executive. He's been nominated three times for best picture at the Academy Awards, for "The Social Network," "Moneyball" and "Captain Phillips," as well as for three Emmy Awards.
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Edi Patterson, who stars on HBO's "The Righteous Gemstones," will serve as emcee for the Texas Film Awards. She grew up in Texas City, attended Texas State University and honed her comedy skills at the Hideout Theatre in Austin.
The Texas Film Awards honor "those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the Texas film and creative media industry," according to organizers. Proceeds from the award ceremony benefit Austin Film Society. Tickets ($750) and tables ($12,000-$25,000) for this big-ticket fundraiser event are now on sale online.
This article originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman: Texas Film Awards 2023 to honor Jonathan Majors in Austin