Theatre owners convention to honor Charlize Theron

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Char­l­ize Theron

Char­l­ize Theron, the “Our Friends” nar­ra­tor in the computer-animated 2009 movie Astro Boy, will receive the Cin­ema­Con Dis­tin­guished Decade of Achieve­ment in Film Award, the convention’s man­ag­ing direc­tor, Mitch Neuhauser, announced Thursday.

Cin­ema­Con, the offi­cial con­ven­tion of The National Asso­ci­a­tion of The­atre Own­ers, the largest and most impor­tant gath­er­ing of cin­ema own­ers and oper­a­tors from around the world, will be held from April 23 to 26 at Cae­sars Palace in Las Vegas.

Theron will be pre­sented with this spe­cial honor at the Cin­ema­Con Big Screen Achieve­ment Awards cer­e­mony, to take place Thurs­day evening, April 26 in The Colos­seum at Cae­sars Palace. The Coca-Cola Com­pany, the offi­cial pre­sent­ing spon­sor of Cin­ema­Con, will host the final night gala awards program.

Over the past decade, Char­l­ize Theron has proven that as an actor, she can do it all. Whether her role be comedic or dra­matic, she never ceases to enter­tain audi­ences with her unique abil­ity to cap­ture the essence of any char­ac­ter,” noted Neuhauser. “Her thought-provoking, engag­ing and riv­et­ing per­for­mances have gar­nered her crit­i­cal acclaim and mul­ti­ple awards and nom­i­na­tions. We’re look­ing for­ward to join­ing the com­pany of those hon­or­ing such an inspir­ing and tal­ented actress.”

Theron will be seen this sum­mer star­ring as the evil queen out to destroy Snow White (Kris­ten Stew­art) in the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Hunts­man, to be released June 1 by Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures. But what the wicked ruler never imag­ined is that the young woman threat­en­ing her reign has been train­ing in the art of war with a hunts­man (Chris Hemsworth) dis­patched to kill her. Sam Claflin also joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.

Theron can also be seen this sum­mer in 20th Cen­tury Fox’s Prometheus, set to be released June 8. With Prometheus, direc­tor Rid­ley Scott cre­ates a ground­break­ing mythol­ogy in which a team of explor­ers jour­ney to the dark­est cor­ners of the earth to fight a ter­ri­fy­ing bat­tle to save the future of the human race.

Theron made her fea­ture film debut in 1996 along­side James Spader, Eric Stolz and Jeff Daniels in MGM’s 2 Days in the Val­ley. She went on to land roles in a diverse array of films, includ­ing Celebrity, Cider House Rules, Sweet Novem­ber, Ital­ian Job, Mon­ster, North Coun­try, Han­cock and The Road.

Her por­trayal of female ser­ial killer Aileen Wuornos in the inde­pen­dent release Mon­ster earned her an Inde­pen­dent Spirit Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and Acad­emy Award, among many other hon­ors. She also received an Acad­emy Award nom­i­na­tion for her role in North County; an Emmy and Golden Globe nom­i­na­tion for The Life and Death of Peter Sell­ers; and a Golden Globe nom­i­na­tion for her most recent film, Young Adult.

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