HCA Film Awards to Honor Angela Bassett, Rian Johnson, and ‘RRR’

It has been an incredible year for films. And I think most would agree with us that among the many highlights from this year have been the absolute joys of viewing three of the finest movies to come out in the past year: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Glass Onion, and the outstanding RRR. And this year, the Hollywood Critics Association is going to recognize the efforts of the folks who brought these films to life in their 6th Annual HCA Film Awards: legendary actress Angela Bassett, master storyteller Rian Johnson, and the entire cast and crew of the amazing RRR.

The HCA will be hosting their 6th annual Hollywood Critics Association Film Awards this Febrary, when Basset, Johnson, and the team behind RRR will be receiving very special awards recognizing their massive achievements, not only this year, but to cinema as a whole. Bassett will receive the HCA Acting Achievement Award, Johnson will receive the HCA Filmmaking Achievement Award, and the cast and crew of RRR will be presented with HCA Spotlight Award.

Check out the full press release from the Hollywood Critics Association right here:

LOS ANGELES, MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2022 — The Hollywood Critics Association (HCA) announced today that Angela Bassett will receive the HCA Acting Achievement AwardRian Johnson will receive the HCA Filmmaking Achievement Award, and the cast and crew of RRR will be presented with HCA Spotlight Award at the 6th Annual HCA Film Awards. The prestigious event, which will celebrate the best of films from 2022, will take place in Los Angeles on Friday, February 24, 2023.

The nominations for the 6th Annual HCA Film Awards will be revealed on the official HCA YouTube channel, HCA App, and social media channels on Thursday, December 15, 2022, beginning at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET.

“After the tremendous success of the 2022 HCA TV Awards in August, we are excited to be reteaming with DIGA Studios and Content.23 Media for the 6th edition of the HCA Film Awards,” notes HCA Chairman Scott Menzel. “We look forward to celebrating another incredible year of cinema and are so thrilled to be continuing our tradition of honoring some of the best and biggest names in film at our awards ceremony in February.”

“We are excited to announce Angela Bassett as this year’s HCA Acting Achievement Award recipient,” says HCA President Nikki Fowler. “Angela Bassett is synonymous with talent, beauty, grace, and excellence, with her career spanning decades and beginning with a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Yale to becoming a name that is not only world-renowned for her craft but one that has inspired women from all backgrounds. Angela has especially empowered Black women through her courageous and unforgettable roles, from Tina Turner to setting the screen ablaze in her pivotal role in Waiting to Exhale, to the beloved portrayal as Queen of Wakanda. Ms. Bassett epitomizes and exudes radical self-love in an industry that doesn’t always love women back. She is a force of positivity and a change-maker for generations to come.”

Rian Johnson, the mind behind Netflix’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, the follow-up to his Academy Award nominated Knives Out, will be honored with this year’s HCA Filmmaking Achievement Award. “Rian Johnson isn’t just one of the best directors working today, but a masterful storyteller that has been expanding, reinventing and modernizing a plethora of genres his entire career,” notes HCA Vice President Nestor Bentancor. “He has done it again in his latest whodunnit, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.’ The absorbing and dazzling new chapter in his original saga is another crystal-clear proof of his ability to craft powerful and wildly entertaining films, with both passion and clock-work precision. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate an auteur that, on top of being a unique creative force, is as affable as he is gifted.”

S. S. Rajamouli’s RRR will receive the HCA Spotlight Award. HCA Board Member Rasha Goel states, “As a person of Indian descent, it has been surreal to FINALLY see an Indian film become a global phenomenon the way that RRR has. The cultural impact that RRR has had on audiences all over the world makes it the perfect choice for this year’s Spotlight Award. The HCA has worked diligently to elevate and promote underrepresented voices in the industry and Indian storytellers are amongst some of the most overlooked here in the United States. We, as an organization, couldn’t be happier to be celebrating this remarkable film and all those who brought this project to life.”

The Hollywood Critics Association Film Awards will take place in Los Angeles on Friday, February 24, 2023.