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Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Roberts Among Maui Film Fest Honorees

Hawaii event bestows trophies on hot stars and industry mavens

Rainmaker Award – Lupita Nyong’o

The It Girl of the past season’s awards race, the Kenyan actress (pictured) burst onto the international scene with her charismatic feature debut in “12 Years a Slave,” winning the supporting actress Oscar alongside multiple other trophies. Nyong’o, who recently starred in the thriller “Non-Stop,” is also the creator, director, editor and producer of the documentary “In My Genes.”

Shining Star Award – Emma Roberts
The 23-year-old actress with a famous aunt (they co-starred in “Valentine’s Day”) made her movie debut opposite Johnny Depp in 2001’s “Blow.” Since then she’s racked up such eclectic credits as “Nancy Drew,” “Hotel for Dogs,” “We’re the Millers,” current release “Palo Alto” and TV’s “American Horror Story.”

Nova Award – Evan Rachel Wood

Coming from an acting family and in the business since she was 5, Wood says she felt “predestined” to act. Since her breakout role in 2003 indie “Thirteen” (for which she won SAG and Golden Globe noms), she’s appeared in such films as “The Wrestler,” “Practical Magic” and “The Ides of March” as well as in HBO’s “True Blood.”

Triple Threat Award – Joe Manganiello

The 37-year-old actor-director-producer, known for his role in “Spider-Man,” got his big break on TV’s “True Blood” which he followed with a co-starring role in the smash hit “Magic Mike.” Now the quadruple threat — he’s also a published author — has returned to the world of male strippers and directed the new documentary “La Bare” about the famed Dallas club.

Maverick Award – Shep Gordon

With an unerring eye for talent, the hugely successful manager oversaw the careers of Alice Cooper, Groucho Marx, Raquel Welch and Luther Vandross, among others, through Alive Enterprises, which he co-founded in 1969. He’s also credited with creating “Celebrity Chef,” thanks to clients such as Wolfgang Puck.

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