2016 Texas Film Awards - Great Place for Entertainment and Networking

The 16th Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards presented by H-E-B, is the biggest event for Texans in film. The event was hold at Austin Studios on Thursday, March 10 just one day before of SXSW 2016 kicked off.

The awards presenters and special guests included Maya Rudolphz (Bridesmaids), Ellia English (The Jamie Foxx Show), Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights) and Ethan Hawke (Boyhood). Mike Judge (Silicon Valley) was the master of ceremonies. The renowned Austin director, screenwriter and beloved Texan Oscar-nominated "Boyhood," Richard Linklater was in attendance and he will be  featuring the world premiere of his new film during SXSW 2016  "Everybody Wants Some" he attended and the event with cast of the film ( including Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Glenn Powell, Tanner Kalina, Juston Street, Ryan Guzman, Wyatt Russell, Quinton Johnson, Austin Amelio, Will Brittain, Forrest Vickery and Temple Baker). Linklater film “Everybody Wants Some” is a “sequel” to Dazed and Confused set in the world of 1980 college life. Film from Paramount Pictures and Annapurna Pictures; comedy that follows a group of friends as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. The film opens in theaters beginning April 1, 2016.

 The Hall of Fame counted with the most spectacular musical guest that included Elijah Wood, Zach Cowie and Adrian Quesada. A night full of entertainment, gala and networking with the after party.

The Austin Hall of Fame 2016  included as presenter Ethan Hawke and honored the Sony Pictures Classics co-founder Michael Barker (inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame with the Austin Chronicle Champion of the Arts Award. Barker has distributed and produced a long string of independent movies that have received 159 Academy Award nominations), actress Chandra Wilson (Houston native who will be completing her 12th season as Dr. Miranda Bailey on ABC's "Grey’s Anatomy" this year, she was also inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. She is well known for her role as Dr. Miranda, and has also directed (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal”). she has been recognized with awards from the Screen Actors Guild, People’s Choice, Prism and NAACP Image and has received five Emmy award nominations), actor Jesse Plemons (Fargo, Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, a Dallas native, received the Rising Star Award of the Texas Film Hall of Fame), and the original queen of sketch comedy, and finally honored Carol Burnett (A San Antonio native and trailblazer for female comedians, Burnett is best known for Emmy-winning sketch comedy “The Carol Burnett Show,” which  on top of accruing 25 Emmy Awards was named in Time magazine’s “100 Best Television Shows of All Time” list. The actress is the recipient of multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards, a Peabody award, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor and, recently, a SAG life achievement award).

The gala brought the stars of Texas to Austin to follow a spectacular evening full of surprises and celebrations benefiting the artistic and educational programs of the Austin Film Society. It’s not only a celebration about films, but also TV where the stars from Texas or talents that honor Texas received a tribute for their work and effort in the industry as icons.

The Texas Hall of Fame celebrates the Texas Connection, if you are born in Texas, or you aren’t from Texas but you have worked a lot in TX in films or TV, or you are related to Texas somehow. Talents from Texas are proud of being Texas and share their success with the audience. There are some talented directors, actors and talents that have stayed in Texas because they love their land, people and fans.

The event featured glamorous red carpet arrivals of the evening's honorees, presenters and other special guests, followed by a spectacular catered awards ceremony, music, and a lively auction. The 2016 Texas Film Awards, presented by H-E-B, was an exciting culmination of the Austin Film Society's 30th Anniversary celebrations and served as the primary fundraiser for the AFS programs  including ASF's annual cash grants for emerging Texas filmmakers, celebration that serves as the primary fundraiser for the AFS programs that includes ASF's annual cash grants for emerging Texas filmmakers.

Heath Hale's team of professional cowboy ringmen connected with the crowd and created excitement to raise about $200,000 in less than 30 minutes and sold VIP packages and experiences to film festivals and vacation spots. What a beautiful and magical night in Austin, Texas.

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