Olivia Munn, ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Among Honorees at Variety’s Breakthrough of the Year Awards

Breakthrough Announcement Olivia Munn, Will Forte,

Ceremony will recognize emerging talent in film, TV, music and tech on Jan. 9 at CES in Las Vegas

Olivia Munn, Will Forte, the stars of Warner Bros.’ “Veronica Mars” movie and the CBS series “Under the Dome” are among the honorees at Variety’s upcoming Breakthrough of the Year Awards, which will be held Jan. 9 in Las Vegas at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show.

The Consumer Electronics Association and Penske Media Corporation, which owns Variety among other media outlets, partnered for the first time this year to bring the PMC-founded awards ceremony to CES. The event — hosted by Nick Cannon (“America’s Got Talent”) — will recognize individuals who enjoyed “breakthrough” achievements in film, TV, music and tech, among other categories, at the Las Vegas Hotel Theater.

“I’m excited to be hosting a night in which Variety will honor emerging talent in film, television, music and technology,” said Cannon.

All honorees will be present to accept their honors including Forte, who recently starred in the Alexander Payne-directed “Nebraska,” and Munn, whose credits include the HBO series “The Newsroom.” Dean Norris will be on hand to accept for “Dome,” as will Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas for “Veronica Mars,” the upcoming Kickstarter-backed film coming out next year from Warner Bros.

Award recipients Amy Schumer, star of Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” and singers Janelle Monae and Skylar Grey, will perform at the live show. The web series-turned-E!-show “Burning Love” and the mobile app Vine will be recognized in the internet sensation and emerging technology categories, respectively.

“The CES show has always been a platform for innovation, ushering in technologies and standards that define our modern life,” said Jay Penske, founder and chairman, PMC. “We are excited to work with CEA to bring the Breakthrough Awards to CES.”

CES, the world’s largest electronics show, attracts over 150,000 attendees and 3,000 exhibitors annually. It runs Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas.

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  1. Congrats to Olivia Munn, her talent keeps growing every time I see her in something new. Hope Hollywood doesn’t take all her fun and silliness, but good for her either way.

  2. Rena Moretti says:

    Once again, Variety is choosing to honor PR fakery over real achievement.

    Olivia Munn is not an actress. She pretends to be one on Television. Honoring her is dishonoring all the hard working actors who actually have mastered their craft.

    As for Veronica Mars, hinoring the fake Kickstarter campaign and the ongoing false statements made by Rob Thomas, Kristen Bell and others is just beyond belief.

    I’ll just mention again the great mystery of how it came to be that Rob Thomas was having his PR peole at the ready, and was himself oh-so-ready for interviews a scant few hours after he started his fake Kickstarter and before anyone who might have contributed had even heard of it.

    Truly the feel-good story of the year: Hollywood lying through its teeth to promote a movie based on the lowest-rated network show of its era…

    Now you know why you don’t get ot publish a printed newspaper Variety… :(

    Mr. Penske, you should have kept to cars (go Dragon Racing!!)

    • UmmWhat says:

      What on Earth are you going on about? How was the Kickstarter campaign fake? Also note that they had started planning for it an entire year before! The little intro video was filmed a whole year before. And who wouldn’t be ready for some interviews about it right away? How on earth is that some miracle of impossibility or the slightest bit surprising? News on the net travels fast. People follow on twitter. How is it a shock people heard about it quickly? I myself hit upon it just a few hours in by chance, every once in a while I do a check to see if anything yet was moving forward for such a movie and so it happened that that day my timing was perfect. It would be an improbability had that happened to no one. The world is messy and random and, these days, very, very, well interconnected.

      And when it comes to Olivia Munn, you simply sound jealous and envious.

    • Ruth says:

      Well said! Olivia Munn has little talent but her PR people certainly know how to push it. This is a joke!

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