VAIL " The Vail Film Festival announced its Tribute Award recipients for the 2008 Festival, which will takes place Thursday through Sunday. Adrian Grenier will receive the innaugural Vail Film Festival Blue Sky Tribute for Environmental Activism.
Acclaimed actor Tim Daly will receive the 2008 Excellence in Acting Award, Jeremy Davies will receive the 2008 Renegade Award for risk-taking in film, the 2008 Female Rising Star Award will be presented to actress Olivia Wilde, and Jesse Eisenberg will be named the 2008 Male Rising Star.
As part of a new "green" initiative, and in celebration of the 5th Anniversary of the Vail Film Festival, the 2008 Festival will be introducing a new award, "The Vail Film Festival Blue Sky Tribute" for environmental activism, presented to an actor or filmmaker who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment. The award will be presented to Adrian Grenier, star of the hit HBO series "Entourage." The Vail Film Festival chose Adrian Grenier as the first recipient of The Vail Film Festival Blue Sky Tribute because of his deep commitment to environmental activism, and for his advocation of small daily changes to create an impact in the world. In addition to being a crusader for the environment, Grenier drives a hybrid vehicle, and recently renovated his home in Brooklyn with wall insulation of recycled denim and a row of photovoltaic panels on the roof. Grenier made his feature debut in 1997's independent film "Arresting Gina." He's also acted in high-profile projects such as Steven Spielberg's A.I., "Hart's War" opposite Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell, and Woody Allen's "Anything Else." In 2005 Grenier played Anne Hathaway's love interest in "The Devil Wears Prada," which also starred Meryl Streep. Grenier currently stars as Vincent Chase on the hit HBO series ENTOURAGE.
The 2008 Excellence in Acting Award will be given to actor Tim Daly. Daly has taken on the screen from every angle. As an actor, he's morphed his leading man image from frightening cult leader David Koresh in "In The Line of Duty: Ambush at Waco" to legendary astronaut Jim Lovell in HBO's "From the Earth to the Moon" to struggling sports reporter in Paramount's "Against the Ropes" to the voice of iconic superhero Superman in the animated series and animated feature. While acting remains his truest passion, Daly has been actively producing and directing in recent years. The results of which have garnered him both a Peabody and a Humanitas award. Currently, he stars in the hit series "Private Practice" from the Golden Globe-winning creator of "Grey's Anatomy." Daly recently received an Emmy nomination in the "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series" category for his memorable turn in "The Sopranos." In addition, Daly recently starred in the critically acclaimed ABC/Warner Bros. Television series, "The Nine."
The 2008 Renegade Award for risk-taking in film will go to actor Jeremy Davies. Davies has acted in over 20 films. He began building a repertoire with films such as "Nell" starring Jodie Foster, and went on to star in "Twister" with Helen Hunt, Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" with Tom Hanks and Matt Damon and Werner Herzog's "Rescue Dawn" with Christian Bale. Jeremy Davies joined ABC's hit series "Lost" for its fourth season in 2008.
This year, the Festival will honor Olivia Wilde with the 2008 Female Rising Star Award. Wilde has appeared in the films "The Girl Next Door," "Alpha Dog," "Conversations with Other Women," and "Turistas." She became known for her recurring role on THE O.C. as Alex Kelly, she has also appeared in the Dashboard Confessional music video for "Stolen," and the French Kicks music video for "So Far We Are." Wilde joined the cast of the FOX medical drama "House" in fall 2007 playing a young doctor nicknamed Thirteen who will work closely with Dr. House.
The 2008 festival will also honor Jesse Eisenberg with the 2008 Male Rising Star Award. Jesse Eisenberg has appeared in the films "Roger Dodger," "The Squid and The Whale," and most recently "The Hunting Party" opposite Richard Gere.
The 2008 Awards Ceremony will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Vail Mountain School. Avanti and Prima passholders are able to attend this special Awards ceremony. For more information or to buy passes visit www.VailFilmFestival.org or call 866-476-1092.