Join us as we salute the highest levels of cinematic achievement with our NVFF17 Celebrity Tributes. Access Hollywood’s Natalie Morales hosts the event, honoring a versatile stage and screen standout, a twice-Oscar nominated trailblazer, selfless humanitarians, and one of the most successful female directors of all-time. The NVFF17 Celebrity Tributes take place Thursday, November 9 at 6:00pm at the Lincoln Theater. On Friday, November 10, Will Ferrell will have a stand-alone Tribute paired with a screening of Stranger Than Fiction.
Charles Krug Legendary Filmmaker: Nancy Meyers
This year, we honor Charles Krug Legendary Filmmaker Nancy Meyers, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter as well as one of the most successful female directors of all time. Nancy Meyers has been one of the most recognizable female directors, writers and producers within the industry. Starting off her illustrious career with an Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for the Goldie Hawn-starring Private Benjamin, Nancy then co-wrote and produced the hit films Irreconcilable Differences, Baby Boom, Father of the Bride, and Father of the Bride Part II.
Nancy made her directorial debut with the highly popular update of the Disney classic The Parent Trap, which she also co-wrote. Nancy then directed the blockbuster romantic comedies What Women Want and Something’s Gotta Give. In 2004, Nancy became the first woman to receive the prestigious ShoWest Director of the Year Award.
Nancy went on to write, direct, and produce the box-office hits The Holiday, It’s Complicated, and The Intern. Most recently, Nancy joined forces with her daughter, Hallie Meyers-Shyer, to produce Hallie’s directorial debut, Home Again.
Caldwell Vineyard Maverick: Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell is an iconic American entertainer and storyteller. Will became a household name when he starred on Saturday Night Live, earning him two Emmy nominations. He has since crossed over to motion picture star, producer, and internet pioneer.
Some of Will’s most memorable film credits include Elf, Old School, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Blades of Glory, and Step Brothers. He earned Golden Globe nominations for his roles in The Producers and Stranger Than Fiction. Will earned Tony and Emmy nominations for his one-man show Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome, America: A Final Night with George W Bush, directed by Adam McKay. Will and Adam founded the overwhelmingly popular Funnyordie.com and joined forces to open their own production company, Gary Sanchez Productions. As testament to his impact on the American comedic landscape, Will received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
On Friday, November 10 at the Lincoln Theater, Will Ferrell will have a special extended conversation followed by a screening of his critically acclaimed film Stranger Than Fiction, which co-stars Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. This Tribute is at 5:00 PM, with the screening following at 5:45 PM.
Raymond Vineyards Trailblazer: Michael Shannon
With over fifty roles in film, Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Tony Award nominated actor Michael Shannon continues to blaze his own trail through cinema — never following a traditional path, but always giving memorable, indelible performances. Whether playing a caring father who either is going mad or having premonitions of the world ending (Take Shelter) or the arch-nemesis of Superman (Man of Steel) or portraying George Westinghouse feuding with Thomas Edison (The Current War), Shannon has proven to be able to do it all.
Michael first garnered critical acclaim for his Oscar nominated supporting role in Revolutionary Road. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, Critics’ Choice, Gotham Award, and Film Independent Spirit Award for his performance in 99 Homes. Last year Michael earned an Academy Award and Critics’ Choice nomination for his performance in Nocturnal Animals.
This year Michael can be seen in the upcoming films The Shape of Water and The Current War, both playing at NVFF17.
Spotlight Tribute: Michael Stuhlbarg
An actor known for his versatility and his ability to transform with every character he portrays, Michael Stuhlbarg continues to be one of the most sought-after performers of his generation.
Michael earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture for his lead role in A Serious Man. He was also nominated for a Tony Award and won a Drama Desk Award for his performance in Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman.
Michael’s film credits include Arrival, Miss Sloane, Pawn Sacrifice, Trumbo, Miles Ahead, Lincoln, Blue Jasmine, Hugo, Men in Black 3, Seven Psychopaths, Cut Bank, Hitchcock, Body of Lies, The Grey Zone, Cold Souls, and The Key to Reserva. His television credits include Boardwalk Empire and Fargo.
Michael can be seen in the upcoming films Call Me By Your Name and The Shape of Water, both playing at NVFF17.
Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Tributes: Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder
Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder are a married couple, talented actors and selfless humanitarians.
Nikki launched her acting career as co-writer and star of the feature film Thirteen. Nikki is best known for her role in the Twilight Saga films, as well as the television series Sleepy Hollow.
Nikki serves as an ambassador for the Humane Society of the United States and won the 2014 Compassion Award for the ASPCA. She is also the Director of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Nikki partnered with Freedom of Animals to launch a bag line made entirely from recycled plastic from the ocean and landfills. She then co-founded her lifestyle brand BaYou with Love which markets upscale, eco-friendly fashion and beauty products.
Ian Somerhalder is an actor, environmentalist, and humanitarian best known for his starring role on The Vampire Diaries. Currently Ian and Nikki have a pod deal with Warner Bros TV to produce new content for the network under their production company Rare Birds Productions.
Ian is the Founder/President of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which aims to advance science; promote the conservation of natural resources for the benefit of the entire community; provide relief to the poor, distressed, and underprivileged; and support other non-profits.