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Emerald Fennell Among the Next Batch of HCA Recipients


The Hollywood Critics Association have announced three additional recipients who are to receive honorary awards at the 4th Annual HCA Awards Ceremony, which will be streamed on Friday, March 5th, 2021. 

Each year the HCA awards an array of established and rising talent within the movie industry. Last year’s honorees included Olivia WildeKelvin Harrison Jr., and The Peanut Butter Falcon star Zack Gottsagen

In December, the HCA announced the first batch of this year’s recipients, which included acting talent like Aubrey Plaza and Nicole Beharie, as well as cinematographer Dante Spinotti and composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Joining them now are multi-hyphenate Lin-Manuel MirandaPromising Young Woman’s breakout writer/director Emerald Fennell, and Minari composer Emile Mosseri

Miranda will be receiving the HCA’s Inspire Award, “given to an individual within the entertainment industry whose work serves as an inspiration to others”, according to the HCA. Miranda was scheduled to have a big year with the release of the film adaptation of his smash hit In the Heights, a film that was delayed due to COVID-19’s impact on the theatrical business. That movie’s release has been pushed back to June of 2021, but that didn’t stop 2020 from being a big year for Miranda nonetheless. His Hamilton saw the filming of its stage production released on Disney+ on July 3rd and had everyone watching. The surprise announcement that it will be eligible for some film awards this year, including the Golden Globes, all but guarantees that this isn’t the only award ceremony that Miranda will be participating in this season. “Miranda’s work on the Broadway stage has spoken to an entire generation, and his recent work in film and television has only continued to expand upon his talent in additional mediums. Miranda is a pioneer and his passion shines through in everything that he touches. We are absolutely delighted to honor him during the upcoming ceremony,” says HCA Vice Chair Ashley Menzel.

The Filmmaker on the Rise Award will be given to Fennell, who graduated from directing television (where she earned an Emmy nod for her work directing Killing Eve) to her feature debut, the revenge drama Promising Young Woman, starring Carey Mulligan. Our own Joey Magidson recently got the chance to speak with Fennell, and can confirm that she is a delightful presence with a lot to say, as evidenced in her topical, impactful film. Promising Young Woman has been courting awards talk since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this time last year, so it’s no surprise to see her being given this honor. As HCA Chair Scott Menzel puts it, “Films as bold as Promising Young Woman don’t come along every day, and Fennell as a filmmaker has proven that she isn’t afraid to take risks and push boundaries. As a result, this one-of-a-kind film will be talked about for many years to come”. 

The final of the three new announcements is the awarding of Emile Mosseri with the Artisan on the Rise Award, an accolade that he more than deserves. HCA President Nestor Bentancor says, “Mosseri’s career is just getting started, and we are proud to be able to celebrate his achievements as an artisan thus far”. Mosseri burst onto the scene last year with his powerful score for The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and he continued to impress this year with wholly unique work on both Miranda July’s Kajillionaire and Minari, from filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung. We’re only beginning to see what Mosseri is capable of, and he’s already shown that he’s one of the best in the business. The HCA are getting in early by bestowing him this honor. 

Coming soon, the HCA will announce who will be given their Trailblazer and Filmmaker Achievement Awards. On February 2nd, 2021, the HCA will release their full list of nominations for their 4th annual awards. You can follow the nomination announcements on their official Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages starting at 9am PT/12pm ET. The winners will be announced during their virtual ceremony on Friday, March 5th. 

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Written by Mitchell Beaupre

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