Director Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day") and Fox Entertainment Group will be honored by Outfest, at the institution's annual Legacy Awards presented by Showtime. Emmerich will be receiving the Visionary Award in recognition of his contribution to LGBT media visibility, while Fox will be awarded with the Guardian Award for the company's commitment and contribution to the LGBT community.
"We are extremely proud to honor two longtime supporters of Outfest and the LGBT community," said Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Outfest. “As an out-director of billion dollar Hollywood blockbusters, Roland Emmerich has been Outfest's largest single champion for the last five years. His generous donations have helped to establish the Legacy Project and his support of LGBT causes have been second to none."
"Fox Entertainment Group has a long and rich history of featuring LGBT characters in its movies and primetime programming," continued Schaffer. "From 'Melrose Place'’s Matt Fielding, to 'The Simpsons'’ Patty Bouvier, to 'Glee'’s Kurt Hummel, Fox has brought us some of television’s most endearing and enduring LGBT characters. Fox Searchlight Pictures has provided groundbreaking gay-themed films like 'Kinsey,' 'Kissing Jessica Stein' and 'Boys Don't Cry,' and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment recently broke new ground debuting The Cinema Pride Collection, the very first gay-themed film DVD collection from a major studio. Outfest honors Fox's commitment to continue to blaze new trails in television, film and home entertainment."
The awards will be dolled out at the Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles on Thursday, October 21.