The International Press Academy’s 17th Annual Satellite AwardsTM presentation will return to its familiar spot as the lead-off event of awards season with a mid-December date for 2012. The show had been announced for early 2013.
â€œWe rescheduled the show for Dec. 16,â€ said Mirjana Van Blaricom, IPA President. â€œWe will include FEDEORA, the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean. This will have a big impact on our choices as far as new takes on international films.â€
â€œDue to the rise of bloggers, people who never read reviews are now part of the audience for commentary on the industry. This is not only local but global, and we are making adjustments in our membership to realign the parameters of what a press association means in the world today. It’s including a lot of new voices and views.â€
Van Blaricom added â€œnobody has a monopoly on covering entertainment anymore.â€
The 17th Satellite Awards will take place on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City.
The International Press Academy (IPA) is a global association of professional entertainment journalists in print, broadcast, podcast, and trending new media outlets. News, nominations, and updates are posted on www.pressacademy.com.
Terence Stamp, Paul Williams, Walter Murch, X-Men’s Bruce Davison Shine Among 17th Satellite Award Honorees
Renowned British actor Terence Stamp and Oscar- winning singer/songwriter Paul Williams will join groundbreaking sound designer/editor Walter Murch with Bruce Davison(â€œX-Men,â€ ABC’s â€œLast Resortâ€ ), as the top award recipients at the 17th Satellite AwardsTM. All four honorees will attend the International Press Academy’s annual gala.
We’re celebrating every aspect of the business, including the technical side of filmmaking, with our multitalented honorees,â€ said Mirjana Van Blaricom, IPA President. â€œPaul Williams is enduring, resilient, and tremendously influential as a composer/performer. Walter Murch has taught many how to understand cinema; and Bruce Davison is now being recognized for his unfailing ability to enliven an audience. Terence Stamp’s distinctive presence in international cinema crosses generational lines in film-going audiences worldwide.â€
After working with directors Frederico Fellini and Pier Paolo Pasolini, Stamp went on to own the role of â€˜General Zod’ in the 70’s â€œSupermanâ€ franchise. He was Michael Douglas’ arch-rival in Oliver Stone’s 80’s definer â€œWall Street,â€ and made a brilliant foray into drag chic in â€œThe Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.â€ He bookended the 90’s in Steven Soderbergh’s hard-baller â€œThe Limey.â€ Stamp also left a mark in the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy thriller â€œWANTEDâ€ (2008), Tom Cruise’s WWII period piece â€œValkyrie,â€ and Matt Damon’s â€œAdjustment Bureau.â€ With fellow Brits Vanessa Redgrave and Gemma Arterton, he appears this year in â€œSong for Marionâ€ (The Weinstein Co.), where he surprises as a calcified pensioner who finds his voice. An acclaimed author, his newest memoir â€œRare Stampsâ€ is lively reading.
For Paul Williams, his role as current President and Chairman of ASCAP is just his newest chapter. Beloved worldwide for the â€œRainbow Connectionâ€ (â€œThe Muppet Movieâ€ ) song, Williams is also the lyricist behind iconic hits â€œWe’ve Only Just Begun,â€ â€œRainy Days and Mondays,â€ (The Carpenters), and â€œEvergreen (Love Theme from â€˜A Star Is Born’),â€ for which he received the Academy Award for Best Original Song with Barbra Streisand. An Oscar and Grammy winning singer/songwriter, Williams has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for songwriting and has received Golden Globe as well as EMMY nods. He wrote â€œThe Love Boat Theme,â€ and appears in â€œPaul Williams: STILL ALIVE,â€ a just-released documentary.
Walter Murch created the epoch-shaping Oscar-winning sound design of â€œApocalypse Now,â€ and is among a rarified few who have won Oscars in different categories in the same year. For â€œThe English Patient,â€ he won Best Sound and Best Editing, among accolades from BAFTA. Murch has a role in film history as part of George Lucas’s early film â€œTHX 1138,â€ as designer of its sound montage. Uniquely suited for the Tesla Award, he is currently editing â€œParticle Fever,â€ a feature documentary on CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Murch also published a seminal work on film editing, â€œIn the Blink of an Eye.â€
Headlining as Admiral Arthur Shepard in ABC’s new military-themed series â€œLast Resort,â€ Bruce Davison follows Carl Reiner to receive this year’s Honorary Satellite statuette. Originally from Philly, Davison burst onto the big screen as the titular character in the 1971 screamer â€œWillard,â€ and continues to thrill in hits like â€œX-Menâ€ and â€œX2.â€ He was nominated for an Academy Award for â€œLongtime Companion.â€
Publicist Brian Edwards received a Satellite Award in his category during a private tribute over the summer hosted by Vanessa Williams and Cindy Crawford. His complete biography will be included in show program book.
The 17th Satellite Awards begin at 5 pm, Sunday, Dec. 16, at the InterContinental in Los Angeles. The International Press Academy includes FEDEORA, the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean. Visit www.pressacademy.com.
Adrienne Papp is member of the International Press Academy