The Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards celebrated its 10th year this March. On the night before SXSW took over Austin, a number of local and Hollywood celebrities gathered at Austin Studios, in a soundstage decked out to look like a fancy party venue, to induct new members into the Texas Film Hall of Fame and to raise money for the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund. I've got photos and video to share after the jump.
The event always includes my favorite red carpet to cover. The great thing about their red carpet (which was pink this year) is that it's also the main entrance to the event, so everyone has to walk past our cameras. Sometimes there's heavy traffic on the carpet, but it also means getting to snap photos of all kinds of people who are not on the honoree list. That is, assuming you know who they are. I saw one unassuming guy scoot down that carpet and thought he looked an awful lot like Jason Reitman, but what would he be doing here? Found out the next day that he was in fact at the ceremony, a last-minute decision (and then we kept spotting him at SXSW, too). But Thomas Haden Church, the evening's emcee, slipped in through a back door.
The 2010 honorees included actor and San Antonio native Bruce McGill, who received his award from Tim Matheson -- a D-Day and Otter reunion more than 30 years after Animal House. They had a lot of fun horsing around on the red carpet. When accepting his award, McGill did the one thing you know the audience all wanted: "The William Tell Overture" on his throat.
Actress Catherine O'Hara accepted an ensemble award on behalf of Waiting for Guffman, which was shot in Lockhart, Texas. Lukas Haas, who went to high school in Austin, was inducted into the hall of fame by Texas musician and occasional actor Lyle Lovett, and musician Michael Nesmith received the Warren Skaaren Lifetime Achievement Award from artist Edward Ruscha.
But the most memorable presentation and acceptance of the evening was very likely for the Tom Mix Honorary Texan Award. Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater and local roller derby star Punky Bruiser (who played a waitress in Death Proof) presented the award to Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino shot Grindhouse in Austin with Robert Rodriguez and also curated QT Fest, a week-long retrospective of a variety of films (many exploitation) that was held six times in Austin (and we wish he'd come back and do it again, please).
Tarantino made an eloquent speech about Linklater and Austin audiences, then went to accept his award. But he was intercepted by Rodriguez, who presented him with a black cowboy hat identical to the one Rodriguez often wears. I've embedded videos below with Tarantino's speech as well as the presentation of the hat. You'll also want to check out the photo gallery with celebrity pictures from the red carpet and the awards ceremony.
Docubloggers posted a great video of red carpet interviews from the evening:
Here's the video Anne Thompson of IndieWire posted of Tarantino's speech:
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And here's a glimpse of Quentin Tarantino's new hat:
Photo gallery below: