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Monday, January 01, 2018

11th Annual Houston Movie Awards honoring “Mattress Mack"

Houstonians will get a glimpse of awards season glamour on the evening of Saturday, January 6th , when the Houston Film Critics Society presents its 11 th annual awards ceremony. The event-- the only one of its kind staged by a regional film critics’ organization in the US-- will be hosted by CW 39/NewsFix personality Grego at the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH) performance complex, located at 3400 Main St. in downtown Houston.

The festivities, which are open to the public, will commence at 7:00 pm and will feature awards for excellence in motion pictures for 2017. Leading the list of HFCS nominated films are The Shape of Water, with nods in seven categories and Lady Bird with five.

“Each year, the Houston Film Critics Society follows a thorough screening process to identify the best of the year’s films,” says Joshua Starnes, president of the organization. “Our annual awards ceremony lets us honor the best as we invite the community to celebrate the magic of film.”

The evening’s agenda, which includes an Oscar-style presentation of movie clips and winners in multiple categories, will feature a salute to the career of the late Harry Dean Stanton in a tribute delivered by HFCS member and Variety magazine contributor Joe

The Houston Film Critics’ Society will also present their annual Humanitarian Award to Jim McIngvale, whose tireless efforts for the victims of Hurricane Harvey captured the attention, admiration and appreciation of the world. In selecting “Mattress Mack” for this honor, the HFCS noted with fondness his production of the 1992 action film “Sidekicks”. The movie, filmed in Houston, starred Jonathan Brandis and Chuck Norris and featured cameos by legendary Houston radio personalities Mark Stevens and Jim Pruett.

A silent auction, featuring unique movie collectibles, will be staged in the lobby of the theatre. The list of items includes a now beautifully framed Sidekicks movie poster originally uncovered by members of the HFCS during their inventory of over 8,000 posters found in storage on the second floor of the historic Evelyn Theatre in Dumas, Texas.

Tickets are $15 (plus a modest ticketing fee) and are available for online purchase at

The 11th Annual Houston Film Critics Society’s Movie Awards are underwritten by Leonard Courtright of Allied Siding and Windows, with promotional assistance from Gow Media’s ESPN 97.5 FM and SportsMap 94.1 FM, in cooperation with CW 39 and NewsFix.

The 34 members of the HFCS are working film journalists on television, radio, online and in traditional print. Together, they reach millions of people each week across the United States with their critiques and commentaries on film. The organization, which also actively promotes the advancement of film in the Houston community, hosts a weekly, one hour radio show and podcast series on Radio Brave, an international digital broadcast platform. Visit for details about the awards or the Society.

11 th ANNUAL HFCS MOVIE AWARDS Silent Auction Items

A silent auction will be staged in the lobby of MATCH 4 with proceeds benefiting the HFCS’ cinematic programs. Bidding will begin when the doors open and will conclude 20 minutes after the end of the show. Payment by check, cash or credit card is accepted. Winning bidders who are not present when the auction ends may arrange delivery of their items during the week of January 8th.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy Bobbleheads, in original boxes Set of five (5) bobbleheads featuring each of the movies original, main characters: Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), and Champ Kind (David Koechner).

The set, which was a promotional gift from the movie studio in 2004 to film critics, has been in the original owner’s possession since that time.

Manchester by the Sea, Limited Edition poster, matted and framed
Signed by the film’s director and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan (who also wrote the screenplays for Gangs of New York, Analyze This, Howard’s End, and others).
Manchester by the Sea was nominated for 6 Academy Awards in 2016, and was the Oscar winner for
Best Actor (Casey Affleck) and Best Screenplay (Lonergan).

This print was a studio gift in 2016 to film critics and was framed after delivery. Lonergan’s message to critics is included on the back of the frame.

La La Land Framed limited edition print (from a series of 600)
La La Land was the most heralded commercial film of the 2016 awards season. It won in every category for which it was nominated at the 74 th Golden Globe Awards (with a record-breaking seven wins) and received 11 nominations at the 70th Annual British Academy Film Awards (winning 5). It received 14 nominations at the 89 th Academy Awards, tying the record for most nominations with All About Eve and Titanic. Although La La Land won six Oscars, it most famously did NOT win Best Picture. It was mistakenly announced as such by the show’s hosts in what will surely be remembered as one of the most controversial moments in Oscar history.

This print was a gift from Lionsgate Entertainment to critics in 2016. Documentation of the print’s
provenance is included on the back of the frame.

Sidekicks Movie Poster Lobby-sized, framed.
This 1992 action film was directed by Aaron Norris and starred Jonathan Brandis and Chuck Norris The cast also included Beau Bridges, Joe Piscopo, Richard Moll, and Mako. It was shot in Houston and featured cameos by legendary Houston radio personalities Mark Stevens and Jim Pruett of KLOL. Sidekicks was produced by Gallery Films, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale’s first foray into the movie business. The poster was uncovered (unframed) by members of the HFCS during their inventory of over 8,000 posters found in the attic of the historic Evelyn Theatre in Dumas, Texas.

Dinner with Jonathan Sandys
, Great-Grandson of Sir Winston Churchill
Enjoy a lively discussion of the three Churchill era films released in 2017, over a three course meal with wine at a Houston restaurant. Package includes eating for four guests in addition to Mr. Sandys.

Stack o’ Screenplays
An assortment of screenplays from 2017 films, in paperback form, offered as a single lot.

Titles include:
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Post
The Shape of Water
War for the Planet of the Apes
Darkest Hour
Baby Driver
Movie-themed Coffee Table Books
Assorted hard bound books, presented as promotional gifts to critics during the 2017 pre-awards season.
Offered as a single lot.
Titles include:
Bladerunner 2049
Now You’re in the Sunken Place
Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film
The Shape of Water

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