HOLLYWOOD, CA--(Marketwired - October 03, 2016) - dick clark productions announced today that Academy Award-nominated actor Eddie Murphy will be honored with the "Hollywood Career Achievement Award" at the 20th Annual "Hollywood Film Awards®." From winning over audiences on "Saturday Night Live" to breaking box office records in beloved films like "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Shrek," Murphy earns this award for his past, present, and continued success in the entertainment industry. He will next be seen in the critically-acclaimed "Mr. Church," a drama based on the real life story of a man hired to cook for a dying woman and her young daughter.
The awards ceremony, celebrating its 20th anniversary as the official launch of the awards season®, will be hosted by actor and comedian James Corden, and will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 6, 2016. The Hollywood Film Awards honors some of the most acclaimed films and actors, as well as artists in Cinematography, Visual Effects, Film Composing, Costume Design, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Makeup & Hairstyling. Its recipients over the past 20 years have included the world's biggest stars and more than 110 have gone on to garner Oscar nominations and/or wins.
"Eddie Murphy has had a spectacular career as a comedian, actor, writer, producer and director, spanning more than 35 years," said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions. "We look forward to honoring his extraordinary body of work."
Past honorees of the "Hollywood Career Achievement Award" include Robert De Niro, Glenn Close, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Keaton and Robin Williams among others.
EDDIE MURPHY is the most commercially successful African-American actor in the history of the motion picture business, and is one of the industry's top-five box-office performers overall. At the tender age of 53, Murphy is on the very short list of actors who have starred in multiple $100 million pictures over the past three decades, from "Beverly Hills Cop" to "Daddy Day Care." He is also the voice of Donkey in the Oscar®-winning animated film "Shrek" and its sequel, "Shrek 2," which is the top-grossing animated film of all time. Murphy won an Annie Award and earned BAFTA and MTV Movie Award nominations for his performance in the first "Shrek," and recently reprised the role of Donkey in the final installment of the hugely successful franchise, "Shrek Goes Fourth." In 2007, Murphy received rave reviews and critical acclaim for his portrayal of James "Thunder" Early in the Dreamworks film "Dreamgirls," a performance which would garner him the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture as well as earning him his first Academy Award nomination in the same category. Murphy can currently be seen starring in the drama "Mr. Church."
Murphy began his career as a stand-up comedian 25 years ago. In 1980, at the age of 19, he joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live," and has since gone on to establish a successful career on the big screen.
His films have been among the highest-grossing comedies in the industry, including "48 Hrs.," "Trading Places," "Dr. Dolittle," "Coming to America" and the "Beverly Hills Cop" franchise. Murphy garnered Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy for his performances in "Beverly Hills Cop," "Trading Places" and "48 Hrs."
In 1989, Murphy made his directorial debut with "Harlem Nights," a period comedy he also wrote and starred in, opposite Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx. In addition, Murphy starred in and produced the hit comedy "Life," co-starring Martin Lawrence, and starred opposite Steve Martin in the comedy "Bowfinger." He was also the voice of Mushu the Dragon in the successful animated epic "Mulan."
In 1996, Murphy portrayed seven different characters in the worldwide box office smash "The Nutty Professor," for which he received another Golden Globe Award nomination. He added a character to play a total of eight roles in the sequel, "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," co-starring Janet Jackson. His more recent films include "Dr. Dolittle 2," "Daddy Day Care," "The Haunted Mansion" and the romantic comedy "Norbit," in which he played three characters as well as serving as the film's producer and screenwriter.
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ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS®
The Hollywood Film Awards®, founded in 1997, were created to celebrate Hollywood and launch the awards season. The recipients of the awards are selected by an Advisory Team for their body of work and/or a film(s) that is to be released during the calendar year. For additional information, visit www.hollywoodawards.com.