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SXSW 09 Film: Texas Film Hall Of Fame Awards

One of my favorite nights of the year on the festival circuit is the annual Texas Film Hall of Fame cocktails and dinner and auction. Don’t ask me why I love it so much, I just do. Part of it is because it is a benefit for the Austin Film Society and I think they’re a very worthy group. Also, the indieWIRE guys and I, along with other friends, like UT prof John and new SXSW Film Festival & Conference honcho Janet Pierson get to mingle, have some drinks, a dinner and watch a better than average awards ceremony and auction, which is cool, too. Last year Law & Order SVU’s Mariska Hargitay was moved to tears when accepting for her mother, Jayne Mansfield.
This year’s honorees include Wes Anderson’s Rushmore, which is receiving the Tiffany & Co. Star of Texas Award, Larry Hagman, Powers Boothe, Catherine Hardwicke and Billy Bob Thornton. About Boothe a friend of mine once said: “They should create a TV channel for him and just call it Powers Boothe.” I kind of agree.
Other expected guests for the evening include Dennis Quaid, Keith Carradine, John Cusack, Linda Gray, Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Brad Leland and Dana Wheeler-Nicholson who will host a new feature for the evening, Party in the Red Room with actor and writer Paul Saucido. This year’s host is Thomas Haden Church.
From 2002-5, the event was hosted by former Texas Governor, the late Ann Richards who passed away in late 2006. In 2007 the award was emceed by Richards’ close friend and 2001 inductee, Liz Smith and in Richards’ honor, the organizers handed out some special party favors:Annes.jpg