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Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton)
Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton)

Actor Jason Mitchell best known for playing “Eazy E” in the 2015 N.W.A. biopic, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON will be the recipient of The Rising Star Award for 2016 at the San Diego International Film Festival (SDiFF).

The award will be presented Sept 29th at The Night of the Stars Tribute at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, CA. Now in its 15th year, the San Diego International Film Festival will run from September 28th through October 2nd in San Diego, CA.

The Rising Star Award recognizes an actor whose early work exhibits significant promise and critical acclaim while taking on challenging film roles. Jason Mitchell has steadily been building a reputation as an actor on the rise and has achieved critical acclaim for his role portraying the iconic “Eazy E” in Universal’s 2015 N.W.A. biopic, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, directed by F. Gary Gray. He won the African American Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as sharing nominations with his fellow cast mates for Best Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Critics’ Choice Awards. His performance in the film also landed him on New York Times Magazine’s “Top Ten Performers of the Year” list in 2015.

Mitchell just wrapped a lead role in MUDBOUND opposite Jason Clarke, Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund with Dee Rees directing, and can next be seen starring in a co-lead role in SKULL ISLAND for Warner Bros and Legendary opposite Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larsen, Sam Jackson, John C. Reilly and John Goodman.

“It’s an honor to have a young actor with Jason’s stature as our newest recipient of The Rising Star Award. With his upcoming roles in SKULL ISLAND and MUDBOUND even more diverse audiences will get to see how talented he is,” said Tonya Mantooth, Executive and Artistic Director of the San Diego International Film Festival.

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