The Austin Film Society has announced this year’s honorees of the Texas Film Hall of Fame, with Sony Pictures Classics co-founder Michael Barker, actress Chandra Wilson and actor Jesse Plemons set to be lauded on the eve of this year’s South by Southwest festival.
Barker, co-president and co-founder of SPC, will be inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame with the Austin Chronicle Champion of the Arts Award. Through previous work at United Artists and Orion Classics and now at SPC, Barker (raised in Dallas and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin) has distributed and produced a long string of independent movies that have received 159 Academy Award nominations. His Texas Film Hall of Fame award will be presented by current Hall of Fame member Ethan Hawke.
Houston native Wilson, best known her role for the past 12 seasons as Dr. Miranda Bailey on “Grey’s Anatomy,” is also being inducted into the Texas Film Hal of Fame. The actor, director (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal”) and producer has been recognized with awards from the Screen Actors Guild, People’s Choice, Prism and NAACP Image and has received five Emmy award nominations.
Dallas-born Plemons is receiving the Rising Star Award of the Texas Film Hall of Fame. The actor landed his breakout role in the Texas-centric series “Friday Night Lights” where he played Landry Clarke. Since that role, Plemons played a cold-blooded killer in “Breaking Bad,” and landed roles in “Black Mass,” “Bridge of Spies” and the second season of FX’s “Fargo.”
The Texas Film Hall of Fame awards will be presented at Austin Studios March 10, the night before the March 11 start of SXSW.