Magazine article Variety

Fest Tributes Honor Exceptionally Versatile Group of Film Artists

Magazine article Variety

Fest Tributes Honor Exceptionally Versatile Group of Film Artists

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WILL FERRELL

Maverick Award

1 The actor, of course, is best-known for his comic creations: Ron Burgundy from the "Anchorman" films, Chazz Michael Michaels from "Blades of Glory," Ricky Bobby in "Talledega Nights" and Brad Whitaker, from "Daddy's Home." Brad is back onscreen Nov. 10 in 'Daddy's Home 2," this time with John Lithgow as his celluloid dad. But the Napa fest is not only recognizing Ferrell's prolific comic career - his production shingle Gary Sanchez Prods. is behind films of all genres, including a remake of German hit "Toni Erdman" - but also his actual acting chops, screening 2006 pic "Stranger Than Fiction," from helmer Marc Forster. Ferrell will be onstage Nov. 10 at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville.

NANCY MEYERS

Charles Krug Legendary Filmmaker Award

2 The writer-director has given appreciative audiences such films as "It's Complicated," "Something's Gotta Give," "Private Benjamin," "Father of the Bride" and "The Intern." She recently produced the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy "Home Again," directed by her daughter Hallie Meyers-Shyer. A pioneer female filmmaker, who's enjoyed much box office success, she fits the definition of an American auteur - her movies have her distinctive touch, and audiences know they can count on her.

MICHAEL SHANNON

Raymond Vineyards Trailblazer

3 The Trailblazer award is appropriate for the actor, who can be trusted to tackle challenging material such as "Midnight Special," "Nocturnal Animals" and "Take Shelter," as well as festival favorites like "Shape of Water," which opens the Napa Valley Film Festival. …

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