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2012 Awards


The National Association of Theatre Owners paid tribute to the talent responsible for the product they exhibit at the Big Screen Achievement Awards, held on the final night of the convention, Thursday, April 26. Earning top honors on the acting end were Male Star of the Year Jeremy Renner, fresh off of the success of the Christmas season hit Mission: Impossible--Ghost Protocol and star of two blockbusters-in-waiting this summer, The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy; and Female Star of the Year Jennifer Garner, soon to be appearing in the family fantasy The Odd Life of Timothy Green and the dark comedy Butter. Anna Faris, co-star of The Dictator, was honored as Comedy Star of the Year; and a behind-the-scenes figure in comedy, Judd Apatow, producer of last summer's comedy sleeper Bridesmaids and writer/director of this December's This Is 40, was awarded the Award in Excellence in Filmmaking. As usual, NATO also saluted emerging talent, with Taylor Kitsch (John Carter, Battleship) being named Male Star of Tomorrow, and Chloë Grace Moretz (Dark Shadows, Hick) earning Female Star of Tomorrow honors; The Hunger Games and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island star Josh Hutcherson was named Breakthrough Performer of the Year, and Rock of Ages newcomer Diego Boneta was declared Rising Star of 2012. Veteran stars were given due for their lasting bodies of work with a trio of awards: Distinguished Decade of Achievement went to Prometheus and Snow White and the Huntsman star Charlize Theron; Dark Shadows and People Like Us co-star Michelle Pfeiffer was named Cinema Icon; and The Expendables 2 writer/star Sylvester Stallone earned the Career Achievement Award. The late summer sleeper and Oscar-winning The Help won Fandango Fan Choice Award For Favorite Movie of 2011.

The full honoree list:

  • Male Star of the Year: Jeremy Renner
  • Female Star of the Year: Jennifer Garner
  • Award of Excellence in Filmmaking: Judd Apatow
  • Comedy Star of the Year: Anna Faris
  • Male Star of Tomorrow: Taylor Kitsch
  • Female Star of Tomorrow: Chloë Grace Moretz
  • Breakthrough Performer of the Year: Josh Hutcherson
  • Rising star of 2012: Diego Boneta
  • Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film: Charlize Theron
  • Cinema Icon Award: Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Career Achievement Award: Sylvester Stallone
  • Fandango Fan Choice Award For Favorite Movie of 2011: The Help
More on the Big Screen Achievement Awards here.


Other noteworthy individuals in Hollywood as well as in the exhibition industry received a variety of honors during events throughout the week.

  • Action Star of the Decade: Dwayne Johnson
  • International Achievement in Filmmaking: Timur Bekmambetov
  • International Boxoffice Achievement Award: Paramount Pictures International
  • Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation Pioneer of the Year: Jeffrey Katzenberg
  • CinemaCon Triumph Award: Jim Tharp
  • Global Achievement Award in Exhibition: Delfin Fernandez, CEO, Hoyts Entertainment
  • CinemaCon Passepartout Award of Excellence: Jack Ledwith, Senior Vice President, International Distribution, Universal Pictures
  • 2012 NATO Marquee Award Presentation: Ted Pedas, President, Circle Theatres Management
  • Bert Nathan Memorial Award: Shelly Olesen, VP of Sales & Marketing of C. Cretors & Company
  • Ken Mason Intersociety Award: Jerry Pierce, Chairman, InterSociety’s Digital Cinema Forum and Former Senior Vice President, Universal Pictures
--Michael Dequina, April 27, 2012

Inside CinemaCon 2012
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External links:
CinemaCon Official Site
National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) Official Site


CinemaCon 2012 Awards/© Michael Dequina

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