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San Luis Obispo International Film Festival 2023 to Honor ‘The Fabelmans’ with Two Honors

One of last year’s most highly thought of movies, The Fabelmans is set to keep the love going in 2023. Later this month, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival will honor it with a pair of honors. Both production designer Rick Carter and actor Judd Hirsch are set for prizes, honoring their achievements. Read on for more.

Here is the press release:

    Rick Carter Judd Hirsch
Rick Carter, Judd Hirsch

The 29th Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (April 25-30) announced the honorees for the film festival, taking place later this month, with two-time Academy Award winning Production Designer Rick Carter receiving the festival’s King Vidor Award, and two-time Academy Award Best Supporting Actor nominee Judd Hirsch receiving the Spotlight Award.
Rick Carter will receive the King Vidor Award as a featured part of the Filmmaker’s Award ceremonies on Saturday, April 29, and on Sunday, April 30, Judd Hirsch will receive the Spotlight Award prior to the Closing Night Gala screening of Marvin Samel’s dramatic comedy IMordecai, in which Hirsch stars in the title role, Both ceremonies will take place at the historic Fremont Theater in downtown San Luis Obispo.
San Luis Obispo Film Festival Director Skye McLennan said, “Every year, there is so much anticipation as to who will be the recipients of our King Vidor Award and Spotlight Award. This year, not only do our honorees share achievements recognized by the Motion Picture Academy as winners and nominees, but they also both worked on last year’s The Fabelmans. In fact, this may be the first time SLO Film Fest has had a pair of honorees connected by one of their most recent films. They are both extremely talented–we are excited to celebrate their accomplishments and have them share their stories with the SLO Film Festival attendees.”
A Production Designer and Art Director who has had a hand in creating the visual landscapes and worlds for some of the biggest blockbusters and most beloved cinematic masterpieces in recent memory, Rick Carter is often the man behind today’s visionary filmmakers. Carter is a two-time winner of the Academy Award, winning for both James Cameron’s top-grossing mega-hit Avatar (2010), and his historical production design of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2013). Carter also received nominations for his work on last year’s auto-biographical film from Spielberg, The Fabelmans, Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump (1994), and Spielberg’s historic epic, War Horse (2012). 

Carter - AVATAR Carter - LINCOLN Carter - WAR HORSE
Top: AvatarLincolnWar Horse
Bottom: Forrest GumpThe Fabelmans

Carter has also collaborated with Spielberg as a production designer on such diversely set films as The Post(2017), The BFG (2016), Munich (2005), War of the Worlds (2005), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Amistad (1997), and the blockbusters Jurassic Park (1993) and its sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). Carter has also frequently worked as Zemeckis’ production designer. Those collaborations include The Polar Express (2004), Cast Away (2000), What Lies Beneath (2000), Death Becomes Her (1992), and Back to the Future, Part II (1990) as well as Back to the Future, Part III (1989). In a galaxy far away, Carter co-Production Designed Star Wars – The Force Awakens – Episode VII, and Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker – Episode IX (2019) with director JJ Abrams. 
Judd Hirsch has been a singular presence in film, television, and the theater for six decades. He is a two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor, receiving nominations for Robert Redford’s Ordinary People(1980), and last year’s The Fabelmans, breaking the record for the longest gap between Academy Award nominations in history.

Ordinary PeopleThe FabelmansTaxi

He is possibly best known for playing Alex Rieger on the classic television comedy series Taxi (1978–1983), for which he won two Emmys, while also making an indelible impression as John Lacey on the NBC series Dear John(1988–1992), which brought him a Golden Globe award.  More recently, he played Alan Eppes on the CBS series Numb3rs (2005–2010). He is also well known for his career in theater and for his roles in films such as Sidney Lumet’s Running on Empty (1988), Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day (1996), Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind (2001), Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), and The Safdie Brothers’ Uncut Gems (2019).


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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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