Robert Pattinson To Receive Maverick Award At 2017 SCAD Savannah Film Festival

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Robert Pattinson Savannah Film Festival

By Andrew Shuster |

Robert Pattinson Savannah Film Festival

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Robert Pattinson will receive the Maverick Award at the 2017 SCAD Savannah Film Festival thanks in part to his bold performance in the new crime-drama Good Time. The actor is one of several honorees at the annual festival held each year at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, the largest university-run film festival in the country. The eight-day fest, which takes place from October 28 to November 4, features screenings and conversations with the honorees, as well as workshops, master classes, panels, lectures and more. More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the popular event, which also includes projects from emerging film students as part of its lineup.

According to the festival’s website, Pattinson was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Maverick Award for maintaining “a fearless pursuit of challenging roles, evolving with each new project and captivating global audiences with his transformative performances.” In his latest film, Good Time, the actor stars as a lowlife criminal who embarks on a journey through New York City’s underworld in an attempt to free his brother from jail. Pattinson’s performance has sparked Oscar buzz since the film premiered in May at the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival, where it received a six-minute standing ovation.

In addition to Pattinson, some of this year’s other honorees include Salma Hayek (Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award), John Boyega (Vanguard Award), Holly Hunter (Icon Award), Aaron Sorkin (Outstanding Achievement in Directing Award) and Patrick Stewart (Legends of Cinema Award). The directors behind 10 of this year’s best documentaries will also be honored. Past honored guests at the festival have included Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Renner, Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Miles Teller, Saoirse Ronan, Michelle Monaghan, John Goodman and Emmy Rossum, to name a few. Pattinson is slated to accept his award on Friday, November 3.

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