Photo Essay: 2010 Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards

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Lyle Lovett at TXFHOF

I know I've mentioned before (possibly to the point of causing you to roll your eyes) that my favorite Austin red-carpet event every year is the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards. The only drawback to the evening is that it's the night before SXSW, so I get sucked up into this whirlwind of festival-tude before I can show you all the cool pictures I took.

This year, for the tenth annual awards, I covered the red carpet portion of the evening and Debbie Cerda took over for the actual awards ceremony. I admit I missed getting to watch the ceremony, which I enjoy, although I get exhausted from all the standing and kneeling and photography work by the end of the night. Someday maybe I'll get a seat at one of the tables. I'd probably have to dress up then, though. One advantage of working as press is that I get to wear sneakers.

I wrote about the evening for Cinematical, and that article includes a nice photo gallery of nationally recognizable celebrities, as well as excellent embedded videos from other media sites. You might want to check that out first. But I still have some photos left, especially of familiar Austin faces, so I thought I'd share a few of my favorites. Off we go.

Let's start with the traditional photo of the "cigarette girls" -- the women who sell boxes of candy that each contain a lavish prize. And these aren't mere girls, they're kick-ass rollerderby chicks, all dressed up for the occasion:

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At the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, every person walks on the red carpet -- which was pink this year -- while entering the event. So you never know who you might see walking past you. Here's local musician Patricia Vonne in a very pretty dress (I don't know who her date is):

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And here's Vonne's brother, Robert Rodriguez, ready to present an award to Quentin Tarantino later that evening:

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Actress Catherine O'Hara was at the event to receive an award for Waiting for Guffman, which was shot in Lockhart, Texas. I like this photo better than the more polished photo I used at Cinematical, because she just looks so darned happy.

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Lukas Haas, who attended high school in Austin, was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame that night by Lyle Lovett (photo at top of entry). Again, this isn't the "best" photo but I find it oddly striking.

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I asked local film producer Elizabeth Avellan to please stop briefly for a photo because the only other one I have of her is from the time she chugged a beer at Fantastic Fest. And while that's a great photo, she may not want us to remember her that way all the time:

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One of the first entries we wrote at Slackerwood that got us any attention, almost four years ago, was in response to Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater making a "mysterious gesture" at Cannes that people thought might be a gang sign or demonic or something. We clarified that it was the "Hook 'Em Horns" sign, which I've observed is something Linklater enjoys doing on red carpets. Therefore, I'm pleased to have caught him at it again:

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My favorite photo of the evening is one that I headlined the Cinematical article with, but it is too good not to share again. Animal House fans will enjoy seeing Otter and D-Day reunited -- Tim Matheson and Bruce McGill. Matheson inducted San Antonio native McGill into the Texas Film Hall of Fame that night.

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Thomas Haden Church, who emceed the awards ceremony, must have slipped in through a back door -- we never saw him on the red carpet. Fortunately, Debbie took a photo of him during the ceremony.

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Debbie also caught a much nicer photo of Lyle Lovett than any I'd taken on the red carpet -- the lighting and other elements somehow didn't work for him over there. Here he is about to present Lukas Haas with his award.

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One final photo from Debbie: Alamo Drafthouse founders Tim and Karrie League, who had a table at the event. Karrie League is on the Austin Film Society board of directors. This picture is just too cute not to include (and how many times do you see the Leagues sitting still together, not in the dark, long enough to snap a photo?).

Tim and Karrie League, by Debbie Cerda

And these aren't even all the photos we have! You can view all my red-carpet photos on my Flickr set, and Debbie has posted the award ceremony photos to a Flickr set for Slackerwood. In addition, if you visit the AFS Texas Film Hall of Fame website and click on the awardees' names, you can watch the clip reels that were shown during their award presentations. Local filmmaker Miguel Alvarez, whose short Mnemosyne Rising played SXSW this year, edited together the clip reels for the event.