Octavia Spencer will be honored with the James Schamus Ally Award at the 2021 Outfest LA LGBTQ Film Festival.
The award will be presented to the actress and producer at DTLA’s Orpheum Theater on August 22, as part of the festival’s Closing Gala.
The Ally Award was created “to honor one person’s efforts to bring LGBTQ stories to the fore.” It is named after Oscar-nominated producer James Schamus, who was awarded the Outfest Achievement Award in 2014. Past honorees include James Franco, Andra Day, and Rita Moreno.
At this year’s festival, Spencer isn’t just an honoree. She also has a world premiere movie, titled Right to try which he produced with Brian Clisham and Stephanie Kluft, through his Orit Entertainment banner.
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The documentary short film tells the story of Jeffrey Drew, who risks his life to try to help find a cure for HIV. Zeberiah Newman directed the project, which also featured Andrew Carlberg as producer.
“By honoring Octavia, we are paying tribute to one of the most incredible, talented and inspiring voices and storytellers of our generation,” said Outfest CEO Damien S. Navarro. “Her work is comprised of a great diversity of roles, and has brought great empathy and open conversations about issues faced by many members of our community and QBIPOC audiences.”
“I am very honored to be recognized with the annual James Schamus Ally Award 2021,” added Spencer. “I am proud to bring LGBTQIA + stories to audiences around the world and I am delighted that our own film, Right to try, will make its premiere at this important festival. It talks about the kind of stories I want to see on screen: celebrating everyday heroes with a true sense of hope. “
Spencer is a three-time Oscar nominee who claimed a supporting actress statuette in 2012, with her turn as Minny Jackson in Tate Taylor. Aid. She has also been nominated in the past for performances in the Guillermo del Toro film. The shape of water and Theodore Melfi Hidden figures.
The actress is currently in the Sean Anders and John Morris film production. Energetic, in which he stars alongside Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell. She will soon be seen in the second season of Apple’s crime drama, Truth be told—Who also executive produces, and on the Amazon Studios sci-fi thriller Meeting.
Last year, Spencer starred in Self Made – Inspired by the life of Madam CJ Walker, a Netflix limited series that he produced with LeBron James and his production company, Springhill Entertainment. He also recently performed as an EP on Green Book, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2019.
Outfest Los Angeles will take place this year between August 13-22, returning to in-person screenings more than a year and a half after the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak. Almost all the movies scheduled by the country’s leading LGBTQ festival will also be available for streaming, for those at risk or living outside the region.
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