Festival to give tribute awards
VAIL – The Vail Film Festival, which begins today and runs through Sunday, will award screenwriter, director and actor Harold Ramis the Gold Summit Award. The Rising Star Award will be presented to actress Sophia Bush, and Hayden Panettiere will be named the Breakthrough Actor of the Year.
The Gold Summit Award for contribution to film will be presented to Harold Ramis, whose films include some of the most popular and influential comedies of our time – “Animal House,” “Caddyshack,” “Stripes,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Ghostbusters,” “Back to School,” “Groundhog Day,” “Multiplicity,” “Analyze This,” “Bedazzled,” “Analyze That,” and his most recent directorial effort, “The Ice Harvest,” starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton. Having received his BA from Washington University in St. Louis, Ramis has been awarded honorary Doctorates in Arts from both Columbia College Chicago and Washington University. Among his numerous professional honors and awards, Ramis is the recipient of the American Comedy Award, the British Comedy Award, and the BAFTA (British Academy) award for screenwriting (“Groundhog Day”). Four of his films were listed among the American Film Institutes’ “100 Funniest Movies,” and “Groundhog Day” was recently chosen as one of the “101 Greatest Screenplays” by the Writers Guild of America. The festival will also honor Sophia Bush with its 2007 Rising Star Award. This past year Bush starred in three feature films, while portraying Brooke Davi’ on The CW’s hit drama “One Tree Hill.” Most recently, she starred opposite Sean Bean in the remake of the classic horror film, “The Hitcher,” produced by Michael Bay for Focus Features. In July 2006, Bush starred in the 20th Century Fox comedy “John Tucker Must Die,” co-starring Jesse Metcalfe and Brittany Snow. She also starred in Buena Vista Pictures’ thriller, “Stay Alive,” opposite Frankie Muniz and Adam Goldberg. Bush’s first movie role was in the comedy “Van Wilder” with Ryan Reynolds. Bush also appeared in HBO’s “Point of Origin” with Ray Liotta and John Leguizamo and the independent film Learning Curves. She was featured in a three-episode arc on the provocative FX drama, “Nip/Tuck.”
The 2007 festival will honor Hayden Panettiere with the Breakthrough Actor of the Year award. Currently starring in the NBC Television drama “Heroes,” Panettiere has been cast as a high school cheerleader who is literally indestructible. The new NBC series is already a qualified critical and audience hit. She recently shot two independent films, “The Architect for HDNet,” opposite Anthony LaPaglia and Isabella Rosselini and “Mr. Gibb” for Kevin Spacey’s company Triggerstreet co-starring Bill Sadler and Tim Daly.
Recently recognized by Forbes magazine as one of “Young Hollywood’s Top Earners,” Panettiere’s other film credits include “Ice Princess,” “Racing Stripes,” “Raising Helen,” “Joe Somebody,” “Remember the Titans,” “Message In a Bottle” and “Object of My Affection” with Jennifer Aniston. Her voice is as recognizable as her face. She starred in the animated feature, “A Bug’s Life,” as Princess Dot and as Suri in Disney’s “Dinosaurs.”Ramis and Bush will be in attendance at the festival, while Panettiere will accept her award via teleprompter. For more information on the festival, visit http://www.vailfilmfestival.org.