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Seattle International Film Festival Tribute Honorees: Spacek and Friedkin

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood April 25, 2012 at 2:00PM

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), announced today that it will recognize Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek and director William Friedkin as 2012 Tribute honorees.

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) will recognize Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek and director William Friedkin as 2012 Tribute honorees.

Sissy Spacek will receive SIFF’s Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award in recognition of a lauded career spanning four decades. This tribute comes just before her memoir, "My Extraordinary Ordinary Life" on book shelves May 1.  Spacek's breakout role was in the 1973 drama "Badlands." She receive an Oscar nomination for her performance in 1976's horror "Carrie," and then an Oscar four years later playing Loretta Lynn in 1980's "Coal Miner's Daughter." Her sixth Oscar nom came for her portrayal of a grieving mother in "In the Bedroom." Most recently, Spacek co-starred in the 2012 Oscar nominated movie, "The Help."

SIFF will present William Friedkin with their Lifetime Achievement Award.  Friedkin received an Academy Award for Best Director for "The French Connection." He is also credited with revolutionizing the horror genre with "The Exorcist" in 1973.  Friedkin’s latest movie "Killer Joe" stars Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch. It will screen at SIFF and then be released theatrically this summer.

The 38th annual SIFF runs May 17-June 10.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.