One Western actor, one well-decorated filmmaker and one "meat"-y musician will come together on March 8 to be honored at the 12th Annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards: Congratulations to Barry Corbin, Douglas McGrath and Marvin Lee Aday.
Corbin has made his mark in the western-leaning genre of television and film, appearing in TV hits Lonesome Dove and Dallas as well as No Country for Old Men and The Best Little Whore House in Texas on the big screen.
Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated McGrath is no stranger to the Capital City, having written and directed Austin Studios-based films Infamous, Nicholas Nickleby and Company Man.
Last, but certainly not least, is Aday, otherwise known as Meat Loaf. You may know him for "I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," but did you also know that he sold over 43 million records and won a Grammy for the album Bat out of Hell?
This year, the awards ceremony moves to ACL Live at the Moody Theater. Austin Film Society is offering tickets in a wider range of prices ($75 - 250) in the hope that young professionals and aspiring filmmakers will join in on the revelry alongside industry icons.
Past honorees have included Renée Zellweger, Robert Duvall, Willie Nelson, Matthew McConaughey, Dennis Hopper, Forest Whitaker, Sissy Spacek, Terrence Malick, Cybill Shepherd, The Dixie Chicks, Billy Bob Thornton, Peter Fonda, Mike Judge, Ann-Margret, Lauren Bacall, Woody Harrelson, Bill Paxton, Dennis Quaid and Ethan Hawke.
AFS opened Austin Studios in 2000; their efforts help attract film development and productions to Austin and Texas in general. Their larger goal is to promote an appreciation of film and creative media throughout the community. In addition to the Hall of Fame Awards, the organization offers screenings and lectures, plus grants to filmmakers throughout the year.
This unique grouping of stand-out Texans in the entertainment industry will be expanded upon over the course of the next few weeks as additional honorees are announced.
Tickets are on sale now at austinfilm.org.