ICG Publicists Name Andy Serkis
Motion Picture Showman Of The Year
Award to be Presented at 55th Annual International Cinematographers Guild’s Publicists Awards Luncheon on March 2nd.
Andy Serkis, director, unit director and the master of performance capture with unforgettable roles this past year in War for the Planet of the Apes and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will receive the Motion Picture Showman of the Year Award at the 55th Annual International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) Publicists Awards for his unique contribution to the art of movies. The awards will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, March 2, 2018.
In announcing the award, Steven Poster, ASC, National President of the ICG, said, “Andy Serkis, with his unparalleled flexibility and understanding of movement, has made motion capture his own. We are delighted he will be flying in from England to be with us.”
Serkis has appeared in almost 100 films and TV shows. He has earned numerous award nominations from the Golden Globes®, Primetime Emmys®, BAFTA®, and the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.
Serkis first made a name for himself playing Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson and served as unit director. He reunited with Jackson to play the title role in the 2005 version of King Kong, which was just the start of his simian simulations. His portrayal of Caesar, leader of the apes, in the Planet of the Apes trilogy has astounded audiences. These films have a combined box-office totaling more than $1.6 billion.
Serkis brought another unforgettable performance to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Next month he can be seen in the much-anticipated Black Panther.
He made his directorial debut last year with Breathe, starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, and directed Mowgli, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, set for release in 2018, starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch with Serkis playing Baloo.
As previously announced, the Publicists Awards Luncheon will also honor Betty White, with a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globes. The ICG Publicists Directory, to be distributed at the luncheon, will be dedicated to the late journalist Liz Smith.
Henri Bollinger and Tim Menke return as chairs for this year’s ICG Publicists Awards, which traditionally occur the week leading up to the Academy Awards®. Final online balloting will close Feb. 9, and winners will be announced at the lunch ceremony on Friday, March 2, 2018.
Further inquiries regarding the ICG Publicists Awards may be directed to MaryAnne MacDougall, ICG Events Manager, at 323.969.2728, [email protected]. For tickets, contact Joanna Mousseau, ICG Events Coordinator, at 323.969.2741, [email protected].