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HOLLYWOOD, CA, September 28, 2006 -- The 10th Annual Hollywood Film Festival® and Hollywood Awards®, co-chaired by Paula Wagner and presented by STARZ, will honor FOREST WHITAKER with its "Hollywood Actor of the Year Award," DEREK LUKE with its "Hollywood Breakthrough Actor of the Year Award," and LINDSAY LOHAN with its "Hollywood Breakthrough Actress of the Year Award." The awards will be bestowed as part of the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 23, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

In addition, the festival has announced the nominees, chosen by a Blue Ribbon Selection Committee, for the "Hollywood World Awards®." The winner will be announced at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony on October 23. The festival has also announced the nominees for this year's "Hollywood Movie of the Year Awards®." The winner will be decided by the public voting at the Yahoo! Movies website - movies.yahoo.com

This year's nominees for the "Hollywood World Awards®" are: "12:08 East of Bucharest" (Romania) directed by Corneliu Porumboiu; "Buenos Aires, 1977" (Argentina) directed by Adrian Caetano; "Climates" (Turkey, France) directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan; "Grbavica" (Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, Croatia) directed by Jasmila Zbanic; "The Lives of Others" (Germany) directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck; "Pan's Labyrinth" (Mexico, Spain) directed by Guillermo del Toro; "The Queen" (UK, France, Italy) directed by Stephen Frears; "Red Road" (UK, Denmark) directed by Andrea Arnold; "Volver" (Spain) directed by Pedro Almodovar; and "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" (Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland, UK) directed by Ken Loach.

This year's nominees for the "Hollywood Movie of the Year Awards®" are: "Cars" directed by John Lasseter; "The Da Vinci Code" directed by Ron Howard; "The Devil Wears Prada" directed by David Frankel; "Little Miss Sunshine" directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris; "Mission: Impossible III" directed by J. J. Abrams; "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" directed by Gore Verbinski; "Superman Returns" directed by Bryan Singer; "United 93" directed by Paul Greengrass; "World Trade Center" directed by Oliver Stone; and "X-Men: The Last Stand" directed by Brett Ratner.

FOREST WHITAKER is one of Hollywood's most accomplished actors, one who has showcased his talents in a multitude of demanding and diverse roles, in addition to demonstrating his ability as a director and producer. He currently stars in the role of Idi Amin opposite James McAvoy in Kevin Macdonald's "The Last King of Scotland," from Fox Searchlight Pictures. In addition, he recently completed the suspense thriller "Vantage Point" opposite Dennis Quaid and Matthew Fox, due for release in 2007. His other upcoming films include the 2008 release "Where the Wild Things Are" for director Spike Jonze. The film will be a mix of live-action, animation, and puppetry and is an adaptation of the Maurice Sendak classic children's book. Forest Whitaker will also soon be seen in the upcoming "The Air I Breathe," with Kevin Bacon and Andy Garcia.

Mr. Whitaker's other film credits include "Witness Protection" for HBO, "Light It Up," "Phenomenon," "Species," "Smoke," "Ready to Wear," "Jason's Lyric," "Platoon," "Good Morning, Vietnam," "Consenting Adults," "Stakeout," "The Color of Money," "Johnny Handsome," "Downtown," "Diary of a Hit Man," "Body Snatchers," "Vision Quest," and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Forest Whitaker has also garnered critical attention for his performance on the television series "The Shield" opposite Michael Chiklis.

Forest Whitaker made his feature film directing debut with the critically acclaimed box-office hit "Waiting to Exhale" for Twentieth Century Fox. He first gained recognition as a director for his debut film, the HBO original "Strapped." He also directed Twentieth Century Fox's film "Hope Floats," starring Sandra Bullock.

DEREK LUKE currently heads the cast, alongside Academy Award winner Tim Robbins, playing Patrick Chamusso in Phillip Noyce's "Catch a Fire," a political thriller based on the true story of an ordinary man forced to resort to terror in extraordinary circumstances. Derek Luke was last seen starring in the Jerry Bruckheimer film "Glory Road," directed by James Gartner. In that film, which is based on a true story, he plays the star basketball player on an all-black team in the 1960s that goes on to beat an all-white undefeated Kentucky team in the NCAA finals. Prior to "Glory Road," Mr. Luke starred in director Peter Berg's film, "Friday Night Lights" opposite Billy Bob Thornton for Universal Pictures.

Derek Luke was relatively unknown except for appearances on the television series "Moesha" and "The King of Queens," until his determination and perseverance paid off during the casting process for "Antwone Fisher" (2002), when he caught the attention of the film's director, Denzel Washington. Mr. Luke received critical accolades for his emotional, vulnerable performance. He was next seen starring in "Biker Boyz" opposite Laurence Fishburne and Kid Rock. He also starred in Peter Hedges' critically acclaimed independent film "Pieces of April," opposite Katie Holmes and Patricia Clarkson, and he starred opposite Val Kilmer in the David Mamet feature "Spartan" for Warner Bros.

LINDSAY LOHAN's charisma and talent have earned her acclaim, popularity, and a reputation as an impressive actress. Her films in 2006 include Donald Petrie's "Just My Luck," Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion," and the upcoming ensemble film "Bobby," written and directed by Emilio Estevez, which is scheduled for release in November. Other upcoming films include Jarrett Schaeffer's drama "Chapter 27," opposite Jared Leto, and Garry Marshall's "Georgia Rule," opposite Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman.

Lindsay Lohan began her career at age three as a Ford Model. After doing numerous TV commercials, she appeared in television programs including the series "Healthy Kids" and a long-running role on "Another World," among others. She starred alongside Tyra Banks in "Life Size," an ABC movie of the week, as well as the Disney Channel movie, "Get a Clue." Ms. Lohan's feature film career progressed with such films as Disney's remakes of "The Parent Trap" and "Freaky Friday." In 2004 she starred in Disney's "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen," in which she also sings two of the songs for the movie's soundtrack. In addition, she starred in Paramount's hit film "Mean Girls," directed by Mark Waters and written by Tina Fey. In 2005, she starred in Disney's "Herbie: Fully Loaded," directed by Angela Robinson.

Other industry professionals who will be honored for their achievements at the Gala Awards Ceremony are Sony Pictures Classics' co-Presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard who will receive the "Hollywood Leadership Award," Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams who will be honored with the "Hollywood Career Achievement Award," Oscar®-winning director Oliver Stone who will receive the "Hollywood Director of the Year Award," producer Mike Medavoy who will be honored with the "Hollywood Producer of the Year Award," actress Penelope Cruz who will receive the "Hollywood Actress of the Year Award," actress Sandra Bullock who will be honored with the "Hollywood Supporting Actress of the Year Award," director Ryan Murphy who will receive the "Hollywood Breakthrough Director of the Year Award," Academy Award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth who will be honored with the "Hollywood Screenwriter of the Year Award," the cast of "Bobby" (Harry Belafonte, Joy Bryant, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Brian Geraghty, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, David Krumholtz, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Svetlana Metkina, Demi Moore, Freddy Rodriguez, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Sharon Stone, Jacob Vargas, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Elijah Wood) who will receive the "Hollywood Ensemble Acting of the Year Award," Oscar®-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond who will be honored with the "Hollywood Cinematographer of the Year Award," Academy Award-winning editor Joel Cox who will receive the "Hollywood Editor of the Year Award," Academy Award-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla who will get the "Hollywood Composer of the Year Award," two-time Oscar®-winning production designer John Myhre who will receive the "Hollywood Production Designer of the Year Award," costume designer Penny Rose who will be honored with the "Hollywood Costume Designer of the Year Award," make-up artist Kris Evans who will receive the "Hollywood Make-Up of the Year Award," visual effects supervisor John Knoll who will receive the "Hollywood Visual Effects of the Year Award," Disney/Pixar's "Cars," which will be honored with the "Hollywood Animation of the Year Award," and casting director Francine Maisler who will be honored with the "Hollywood Casting Director of the Year Award."

The 2006 Annual Hollywood Film Festival will take place from October 18 to 23. The festival's screenings take place at ArcLight Theatres in Hollywood. Its Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Monday, October 23.

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