25th SCAD Savannah Film Festival honorees - Vanessa Burghardt, Anna Diop, Banks Repeta
Vanessa Burghardt, Anna Diop, Banks Repeta

The 25th annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival announced the Entertainment Weekly’s Breaking Big honorees as well as additional honorees and guests.

The festival is once again partnering with Entertainment Weekly to host the Breaking Big Awards and Panel on Friday, Oct. 28. This year’s honorees include Vanessa Burghardt (Cha Cha Real Smooth), Madelyn Cline (Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Outer Banks), Anna Diop (Nanny), Banks Repeta (Armageddon Time), and Ty Simpkins (The Whale), who will participate in an awards presentation and panel discussion moderated by Entertainment Weekly Executive Editor Clarissa Cruz. Entertainment Weekly editors will attend the festival and moderate select panels.

Additional honors will be presented to the following guests: Mia Goth will receive the Lumiere Award Tuesday, Oct. 25 prior to the screening of Pearl. Actor Jenna Ortega (The Fallout, Wednesday) will receive the Breakthrough Award Sunday, Oct. 23 prior to the screening of her film X.

The inaugural Socially Conscious Cinema Award will be presented to Till actor Jalyn Hall, who portrays Emmett Till, and producer and co-writer Keith Beauchamp, whose life work has been committed to seeking justice for Emmett Till and honoring Mamie Till-Mobley. Hall and Beauchamp will attend the post-screening Q&A.

The following guests will attend and participate in Q&As after their films: actor Micheal Ward will attend Empire of Light Sunday, Oct. 23. Actors Aimee Carrero will attend The Menu, joining actor and Vanguard Award recipient Nicholas Hoult, writer Seth Reiss, and production designer Ethan Tobman (one of the festival’s Variety’s 10 Artisans to Watch honorees). Actors Judith Ivey, Sheila McCarthy, and Michelle McLeod will attend Women Talking on Friday, Oct. 28.

They join previously announced honorees Colson Baker (Machine Gun Kelly), who will be presented with the Discovery Award for Taurus; Kerry Condon, with the Distinguished Performance Award for The Banshees of Inisherin; JD Dillard, with the Rising Star Director Award for Devotion; Nicholas Hoult, with the Vanguard Award for The Menu; Ron Howard, with the Lifetime Achievement in Directing Award for Thirteen Lives; Jonathan Majors, with the Spotlight Award for Devotion; Janelle Monáe, with the Spotlight Award for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery; Jeremy Pope, with the Distinguished Performance Award for The Inspection; Sandy Powell, with the Variety Creative Impact Award in Costume Design for her distinguished career and new film Living; Eddie Redmayne, with the Virtuoso Award for The Good Nurse; Henry Selick, with the Outstanding Achievement in Animation Award for Wendell & Wild; and Sadie Sink, with the Rising Star Award for The Whale.

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