The Savannah College of Art and Design says that in addition to previously announced honoree Alexander Payne, Academy Award-nominated actor Terence Stamp and actress Natalie Dormer will be honored at the Savannah Film Festival, which begins later this month.
Terence Stamp, veteran of over 60 films. will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. His film debut in the title role of 1963's Billy Budd earned him an Academy Award nomination.
Natalie Dormer, best known for roles in The Tudors and Game of Thrones will receive the Discovery Award. She can be seen in theatres now in Ron Howard's Rush.
Alexander Payne's Nebraska will open the festival on Saturday, Oct. 26. As previously noted, Payne will be presented with an Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award by the film's star, Academy Award-nominee and 2006 Savannah Film Festival honoree Bruce Dern.
Other premiere special screenings include John Wells' August: Osage County, Jon Turteltaub's Last Vegas, Brian Percival's The Book Thief, Stephen Frears' Philomena, Asghar Farhadi's The Past, Justin Chadwick's Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Ralph Fiennes' The Invisible Woman and David Frankel's One Chance.
Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Alec Baldwin and Oscar-nominated writer and director James Toback will premiere and discuss their HBO doc Seduced and Abandoned.
Previous "Discovery Award" honoree Miles Teller will host a special screening of the film The Spectacular Now with director James Ponsoldt and screenwriter Michael Weber.
Other confirmed special guests include Norman Reedus and Emily Kinney of The Walking Dead, Nina Dobrev and Candice Accola of The Vampire Diaries, Zach Gilford of Friday Night Lights and Keile Sanchez of Lost.
Other special screenings taking place include: Kevin Macdonald's How I Live Now, Andrew Adamson's Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D (a special presentation with RealD), Stephen Frears' Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, the world premiere of Brad Coley's East of Acadia, Ti West's The Sacrament and a special 'work-in-progress' presentation of Christopher Ashley's Lucky Stiff.
As in years past, one of the highlights of the festival will be the surprise Director's Choice screening on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. Tickets and passes can be purchased at savannahboxoffice.com, via phone at 912/525-5050 or in person at the box office window, 216 E. Broughton St.