“We are thrilled to honor Jamie Lee Curtis, who has created a celebrated body of film and television work that spans many genres,” said Steven Poster, president of the Cinematographers Guild. “Who wasn’t frightened by her Laurie Strode character in Halloween – and just as terrified in her reprise portrayal 40 years later? Her artistic talents have generated a legacy of characters that are embedded in our minds forever. We are honored to spotlight her varied and award-winning career.”
The awards luncheons previously were presented by the Publicists Guild, which in 2002 merged into the Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600.
Curtis’ many film roles include True Lies, for which she won a Golden Globe; Trading Places, which earned her a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress; A Fish Called Wanda and Freaky Friday. But it was her starring role in Halloween in 1978 that brought her to the attention of audiences across the world.
Curtis returned to her horror roots in 2015, starring in two seasons of the Ryan Murphy-created TV series Scream Queens. And last year, she revived her signature character in Jason Blum’s record-breaking version of Halloween, directed by David Gordon Green. Its opening weekend was the biggest debut ever for a film with female lead character over age 55.
She also won both a Golden Globe and People’s Choice Award for her role in the acclaimed sitcom Anything but Love, was nominated for a Golden Globe for The Heidi Chronicles and was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in the CBS television movie Nicholas’ Gift.
Also know for her work on behalf of children’s charities, the daughter of legendary actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998.
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