The Hollywood Film Festival has tapped Ben Affleck, Jennifer Connelly, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan for awards, to be presented at its gala Oct. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Affleck will be honored with the breakthrough director of the year kudo for “Gone Baby Gone,” scheduled for release Oct. 19 from Miramax. The screenplay was written by Affleck and Aaron Stockard, adapted from Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name.
Connelly will receive the supporting actress award for her work in Terry George’s “Reservation Road” opposite Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo and Mira Sorvino. The film will be released Oct. 19 by Focus Features.
Meron and Zadan will receive the producers award for “Hairspray” and Rob Reiner’s upcoming dramedy “The Bucket List,” which stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.