Whistler Fest to honor quartet

Oswalt, Serkis, Baruchel and Nelson to be feted

The Whistler Film Festival will honor actors Patton Oswalt, Andy Serkis, Jay Baruchel and director Jennifer Yuh Nelson during its 11th edition, running Nov. 30-Dec. 4.

Fest opens Nov 30 with Oswalt receiving WFF’s Spotlight Award for Supporting Performance of the Year following a special advance screening of Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody’s dark comedy “Young Adult” starring Oswalt and Charlize Theron.

At the fest’s tribute to Jay Baruchel on Dec. 1, the hyphenate and his writing partner Jesse Chabot will receive the fest’s first Screenwriter to Watch award as part of Variety’s annual 10 Screenwriters to Watch. Variety executive editor Steven Gaydos will host the evening and an informal discussion of Baruchel’s work, including his roles in “Knocked Up,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and the recently completed hockey comedy “Goon,” bowing in February.

Serkis, known for his motion-capture perfs in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Tintin,” “King Kong” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, will receive Variety’s tech pioneer award on Dec. 1.

Nelson, director of DreamWorks’ “Kung Fu Panda 2,” will be honored with the WFF’s first Trailblazer in Animation award, which will be presented by Gaydos on Dec. 3. Nelson is the first woman to solo-direct an animated film from a major studio.

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