John Robert Powers Acting School Sponsors Hollywood Breakthrough Awards at 10th annual HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL GALA (Oct 18 - 23)
John Robert Powers, a school for acting has announced their partnership with the Hollywood Film Festival by sponsoring this year’s Hollywood Breakthrough Actor, Actress and Director of the Year Awards at the 10th Annual Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Awards to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Monday, October 23.

Described as the award season front-runner, the awards ceremony brings the best of Hollywood’s A-List stars both behind and in front of the cameras, honoring this year’s cinematic achievement in acting and filmmaking. The 2006 annual event will take place October 18 to 23 with festival screenings at ArcLight Theatres in Hollywood.

This year’s 2006 Hollywood Breakthrough Actor, Actress and Director of the Year awards will be bestowed to Derek Luke, Lindsay Lohan and Ryan Murphy. Entertainment Tonight’s Mark Steines the emcee of the evening, will welcome CEO and President of John Robert Powers, Ron Patterson, onstage to introduce the breakthrough awards.

Derek Luke is being honored for his critically acclaimed performance in “Catch a Fire” playing opposite Tim Robbins, as well as coming off a memorable performance in “Glory Road.” Previously he was seen portraying the title role in the film “Antwone Fisher.” Lindsay Lohan will be honored for her performance in the ensemble production of “Bobby,” directed by Emilio Estevez. The film recounts the fateful day of Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Lindsay Lohan is also being honored this year for her work in “A Prairie Home Companion.” Her other credits include “Herbie Fully Loaded,” “Mean Girls” and “Freaky Friday.”

“John Robert Powers believes in the importance of developing young acting talent which is why we have over eighty-six acting schools for children acting, teen acting and adult acting around the nation to help performers perfect their acting, singing, modeling, and dancing skills.” Ron Patterson said. “We are proud to once again sponsor the Hollywood Breakthrough awards in the hopes one day that our students at our acting schools will become the next young talents such as Derek Luke, Lindsay Lohan and Ryan Murphy.”

The Hollywood Gala Ceremony prides itself as being a true celebration of cinema bridging the gap between Hollywood and the global creative community, recognizing Hollywood professionals, and contributing to the renaissance of Hollywood.

This year, the Hollywood Film Festival will honor: Actor of the Year: Forest Whitaker; Actress of the Year: Penelope Cruz; Supporting Actor: Ben Affleck; Supporting Actress: Sandra Bullock; Lifetime Achievement: Robin Williams; Directing: Oliver Stone; Hollywood Breakthrough Acting Awards: Derek Luke and Lindsay Lohan; Hollywood Breakthrough Director of the Year: Ryan Murphy; Ensemble; “Bobby” Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Elijah Wood, Laurence Fishburne, Emilio Estevez, Helen Hunt, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, and Ashton Kutcher; Leadership: Michael Barker and Tom Bernard; Producing: Michael Medavoy; Screenwriting: Eric Roth; Visual Effects: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”; Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond; Editing: Joel Cox; Production Design: John Myhre; Composer: Gustavo Santaolalla, Costume Design: Penny Rose; Make-Up Artist of the Year: Kris Evans; Casting: Francine Maisler; Animation Award: “Cars.”

Previous attendants and presenters have included: Jodie Foster, Halle Berry, Rob Marshall, Peter Sarsgaard, Jennifer Aniston, Terrence Howard, Colin Hanks, Quentin Tarantino, Cameron Crowe, Dermot Mulroney, Keanu Reeves, Mena Suvari, Kathleen Kennedy, Paula Wagner, Geena Davis, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, Steven Spielberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Travolta, Naomi Watts, Harrison Ford, Colin Farrell, Scarlett Johansson, and Martin Scorsese.

John Robert Powers is an internationally recognized school system which offers movie acting instruction, theater acting training, television commercial acting instruction, and related acting training courses, plus instruction in singing, modeling and social etiquette with locations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. For over eighty years, John Robert Powers has trained students in acting, singing, dancing, modeling and etiquette. Emphasizing personality development, John Robert Powers provides every student with the schooling, guidance, and confidence to further their individual potential and reach their highest career goals. Famous alumni thru either the school or the John Robert Powers agencies include people such as First Ladies, Jackie Kennedy and Betty Ford, Princess Grace of Monaco, Raquel Welch, Lucille Ball, Ann Margaret, Diana Ross, Faith Ford, and models Janice Dickinson, Beverly Peele, Nikki Taylor, Ryan Locke, and Josh Duhamel.