Carlos de Abreu, the Founder and Executive Director of the event, says that no fewer than a dozen of the film's actors -- including all of those who play its principal characters -- have indicated that they will collect the award in-person at a gala ceremony on October 24, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. They include: 2009 best supporting actress Oscar nominee/current best actress Oscar hopeful Viola Davis, best supporting actress Oscar hopeful Octavia Spencer, and Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Emma Stone, 1981 best actress Oscar winner Sissy Spacek, 1981 best supporting actress Oscar winner Mary Steenburgen, 1973 Oscar nominee Cicely Tyson, and Mike Vogel.
Previous casts honored with this award include "Crash" (2005), which went on to win the best picture Oscar, as well as "Bobby" (2006), "Hairspray" (2007), "The Secret Life of Bees" (2008), and best picture Oscar nominee "The Social Network" (2010).
In recent weeks, de Abreu announced the recipients of several other prizes – "Rango" for the Hollywood Animation Award; Oscar nominee Emmanuel Lubezki ("Transformers: Dark of the Moon") for the Hollywood Cinematographer Award; Oscar winner Stephen Mirrione ("Transformers: Dark of the Moon") with the Hollywood Editor Award; Oscar nominee James Murakami ("Transformers: Dark of the Moon") for the Hollywood Production Designer Award; and Oscar winner Scott Farrar ("Transformers: Dark of the Moon") for the Hollywood Visual Effects Award -- and says that the remaining honorees will be announced over the next few weeks.
– The Hollywood Reporter